I wanted to thank you for such a wonderful web
site. In what I refer to as my "past-life", I was a devout Pro-Lifer, and had
no qualms about that. Ironically, it was my interest in midwifery, as well as
my work as a Doula that helped open my mind about the issue. Chantel
the death of my own 8 month old son on April 15 of last year that really made
my change of mind complete. Upon the death of my son, Cooper, I realized that
nothing that happens to us in life is completely within our control. Whether it
is the death of someone we love, natural disasters, or unintended pregnancies,
things do happen to us, despite the best of our plans and intentions.
When Cooper died, I realized that not all babies are born to parents who are as
passionate about their children as my husband and I are.
I am probably
not articulating my thoughts very well, but I just have a feeling that abortion
is not the evil I was conditioned to believe it is. I used to thumb my nose at
the argument that children of unintended pregnancies were sometimes not raised
in the best of circumstances.
Now, I realize that every child deserves
to be born into the world because they are very much wanted. And every woman has
the right to decide if she wants to be a mother.
I wanted to let you
know how much I appreciate the information on your site, and to let you know that
I no longer weep over abortion statistics the way I used to. When I weep now,
it is for the women who are making very hard, very real, very serious decisions.
Nobody should have to hurt emotionally, and nobody should try to hurt anyone else
over a very personal decision.
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is about responsibility - responsibility for self and family.