By: Deborah Wene
I was born in a very small town, in a small country with not many resources to help pregnant women. Many women gave birth along the road, on their way to the field or markets, most of which ended up dying because of lack of care. When my mother was pregnant with me, she suffered many sicknesses. Her health was in jeopardy. My parents didn’t have any mother to take care of my mom while she went through the pregnancy. Doctors advised her that for the sake of her own health, it is better for her to abort the baby. My parents thought of it and even considered it, but my mother realized that the person inside of her is a human too, and she decided to go on with the pregnancy. I was born very ill, at home with no one to help. My parents sold everything they had to take care of me the best they could until they can find someone to take over the responsibility. They chose adoption over abortion, and because of their decision, I am the person I am today.
Everyone deserves to live. We all do! We all deserve the chance to experience the beauty of life, and not having someone to take that away from us just because they have the power to. I often wonder if these aborted infants could talk, what would they say? “Mom, dad, why are you doing this to me? Don’t you love me?” I often wonder how a woman can make the choice of conceiving and then knowing that she’s carrying a life inside of her, go about getting rid of it just because she can. Yes, I understand not everyone’s case is the same. There are few exceptions to these rules, but still, a consideration is a must.
I may not be famous just because my mother decided to keep me, but I am a human being, I can breathe, I can do things with my body, therefore I matter! I do know what it feels like to live. I do know what it feels like to have a life that is mine. I do know what it feels like to make my own choices with the knowledge that those choices will have their own consequences. I do know because I matter, I do know because my mother chose to give the gift of life, and I do know because I know the beauty of living and the chances and opportunities I will have in blessing and giving someone that gift, too! Every life matters, whether born or unborn. Give them the choice to experience what you are experiencing now. Give them the chance to bless lives, including yours.