This comment is from Amie on Josh Bowman’s piece, Ten Things I’ve Learned From “Having” An Abortion:
“I am legitimately curious to see statistics showing men are largely behind the pro-life side of the issue. Abortion is such a hard issue for me. I do NOT condone it as birth control, at all. I do think it should be available in the first trimester for medical reasons and for rape/incest victims. But it is a truly emotional issue, and having had the privilege of working as a photographer in the NICU and labor and delivery wards, I have had the unique experience of seeing, touching, even holding babies as tiny, gestationally speaking, as 14 weeks.I can say that experience 100% changed my views on second trimester abortions, and I feel third trimester abortions are just plain wrong.
Now, personally speaking, I had my son as a teenager. His dad and I were poor, were not together, and had a volatile relationship. I worked my ass off, did the best I could, and am the mother to an intellectually gifted, bright, unique, open-minded teenager who has his sites set on Ivy League. Now, many may say the beauty of it is that I had a choice, but if you were to ask my son, I’d say he favors the life he has, imperfect as it has been, to none at all. I have also given birth to a beautiful daughter with birth defects, who ultimately died at 6 months. Again, I am guessing (though I cannot speak for a deceased baby) she preferred the 6 months of flawed life she had, to a partial birth or late 2nd trimester abortion (which was when we found out about her issues). I know each person has their own story, and I respect that fully, but just wanted to share a bit of mine.”
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