MY ESSAY "On Abortion in America" brought, as you would expect, an unusual number of responses in the mail. One that particularly struck me was this from a grandmother, reproduced by permission:
""So, what is the answer to abortion?Posted by Vanderleun at May 1, 2004 6:57 AM | TrackBack
It is not something women should scream and curse about. It is not a God given right. If women believe in choice, they must also be prepared to give information on how to manage the personal circumstances of pregnancy if the mother chooses to have the child.
"My granddaughter, whom I cherish, could have been extracted from my daughter-in-law before birth. We would never have known the fact she was a person from conception; that she was not a fetus, just a special, one of a kind baby.
"I do not believe the majority of women have abortions and feel nothing. I think they have a small, hidden spot in their heart that pains them when they think of the baby they chose to abort, knowing they will never hold that child. It is tough, a hard decision and even harder to see it happen. There for the grace of God, go I. No judgements.
"I was lucky to have four healthy children, while planning for two. I always tell the two youngest they were the best mistake I ever made, and it is true!
We learned and grew. We learned about sacrifice; about growing up too quickly and struggling with the bills. We learned about working too hard many a time. However, we also learned that it can be done. We learned that love is what runs the show, everytime."