As some of you know, I’ve had my share of health challenges over the last few years. Ann’s blog and her book, One Thousand Gifts, have blessed me as I walk through this period. I love her writing and her heart.
That’s how you and I sort of began.
I had bent over the tiles of the doctor’s office like I might hurl.
Like I might lose everything and the leaves, they’d clung to the rain splattered window.
And it’s not like I saw the doctor spin her chair or saw her lean forward. I just heard the mechanics of her rotation, the spinning of everything.
Just will be forever razed with what she said next, the way she’d said it like you could simply snip off light and not long feel the dark:
“Have you considered an abortion?”
I had just blown out the candles on my 21st birthday cake. Married 90 days. Starting my third week of my third year of university. Terror can make people feel like all they have is terrible choices.
Here me, Son, and remember it every time you hear the word abortion: Abortion isn’t so much about a woman having choice — but a woman feeling like she has no choice.
For one lifelong moment, the atoms of everything split and spun and hung.
Her line that “abortion isn’t so much about a woman having a choice – but a woman feeling like she has no choice” reminded me of this quote:
No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg. – Frederica Mathewes-Green
Isn’t that a vivid quote? When I heard it the first time, I knew it would stick with me.
Ann closes her post with a challenge to our communities and to the pro-life movement. It’s worth a read.by