Here is a letter I wrote to President Bush when I was only 15;
When I was a senior in high school I wrote an article for the local newspaper on the debate of abortion;
When I was pregnant with my 3rd child I went in to the doctor for a routine visit. However, this time I had to have blood drawn to find out if my child may or may not have Down syndrome. The doctor said that after the results come in I can then decide if I want an amniocentesis. I asked what the point was. What if my child does have Down syndrome then what? I would still love the baby. She said then it would be up to me but I asked again… What? I could have an abortion this far along even though I would never? She said in NJ you can have abortion through your 24th week. I was in SHOCK.
I have always been pro-life but now that I am pregnant it touches me even more. Why is it that a murderer is put to death or put in jail for life but women are given the OK to kill a full baby just because it may or may not have a disorder?? I am so bothered I spent all night crying. At 24 weeks I will be feeling my baby move and you are able to know the sex. If anyone knows who I can write to or how I can help stop this crisis please let me know.
here is a picture of a 24 week old baby;
So my view on the topic has not changed but my feelings towards those who have an abortion have changed. I truly believe that those who have had an abortion are ‘punished’. I have heard women speak about having an abortion and how it affects you through the years and never truly goes away.
My heart breaks for them. Anyone who has committed any type of sin and is truly sorry for the sin should be and is forgiven. You have to forgive yourself too.
I hope that anyone who has regrets finds some kind of peace and finds a way to forgive themselves.
With that being said I believe it has become too easy to get an abortion and that needs to change. There are so many resources out there for women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant but they may not know about them. Here are two;
I want my children to know that abstinence is the only true birth control that is full proof. Saving yourself for the person you plan to spend the rest of your life with is truly a one of a kind gift. We don’t need to accept what society says the norm is. We can change what the norm is. You can stop the rash decision of ending the life of your baby. We can love one another and be there to support each other and help each other on unexpected journeys.
If you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant even after using protection there is a reason God chose you. If you pray on it and listen for God’s guidance you can find the right path.
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