The recent abortion law signed in New York brought up an interesting discussion in our home.
I figured my oldest, now in high school, was old enough to learn about the topic of choice.
I described the law in minimal words and without any hint where I stood or how I felt about it.
As she asked questions, one stood out, “What about when the mother’s life is at risk?”
She was surprised, as was I when I had first read the same, that doctors said in reply to the law there is no medical condition after 25 weeks gestation (the age when a baby can now survive outside the womb with preemie care) that requires a choice between mom or baby. None.
So what is the reason for the law, if not to save the mother’s life?
At that point, we switched topics to a former preschool teacher and her son, whom she and her husband adopted after discovering a medication her own mother took in pregnancy had made her born infertile.
The boy’s birth mom (or biological mom) was a single mom with two kids already. When she found herself facing an unplanned pregnancy, she choose to place the baby for adoption. As part of the open adoption agreement she received an annual letter with highlights of her birth son’s year and photos showing he was happy and well.
He’s in college now, and has had a wonderful life. His adoptive parents love him dearly. My daughter knows them all personally and has seen what a wonderful family they are.
I didn’t even have to say it, how differently that would have turned out for all involved had the boy’s biological mother chosen differently.
Luckily for all involved his biological mom chose to carry the baby to term and place him for adoption.
She choose to think of others, not what was most convienent for herself. I am sure it was not an easy choice. But for all involved I am certainly glad she made it.
Then I brought up Steve Jobs, creator of her iPhone. Adopted. How different the world would have been, for example, had Steve Jobs not lived? Imagine. No Apple technology. No Apple. Would Bill Gates have been pushed to the heights he was without his nemisis Jobs? Would anyone ever made a computer in their garage without Jobs? Maybe not. Imagine. (And yes I know girls and their smart phones is oft discussed negatively in the manosphere, so I suppose some could argue not everything Jobs created was helpful. Lol. But that’s a different post.)
I hope she remembers this conversation if she herself (God forbid) ever faces an unplanned pregnancy. And if so, I hope she remembers it’s bigger than her.
What do you think? Please share in the comments.