Riye's Story*

I am an Inuk from NWT and I am about to have an abortion tomorrow morning Friday, July 9, 2004.  I am (14) fourteen weeks along.  I did not want to go through this abortion procedure.  But due to an abusive inter-racial relationship, I felt like I had no choice but to go ahead with it.  I don't want to bring up a child and explain to him or her that the father of my baby was extremely dangerous, violent man and in and out of jail for physically abusing others.  As much as it hurts me go through with this, I think it is best for everyone to let the baby go. 

Words for my unborn baby:

Please forgive me for what I am about to do to you, my baby.  It is for the best and I love you already and I will always think of you for the rest of my life.  I am numb and scared but I know this is the right thing to do. 

Love you always. MOM xxx/ooo

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