You wrote, "no matter how serious the situation."
Let's imagine that when a woman gives birth, everything in her life is perfect. She is happily married to a great man, they have good income, and they have a nice house. They decide she will stay home and raise the child the first few years. A year...
Best answer: You wrote, "no matter how serious the situation."
Let's imagine that when a woman gives birth, everything in her life is perfect. She is happily married to a great man, they have good income, and they have a nice house. They decide she will stay home and raise the child the first few years. A year later, he is killed in a head on car crash on the way home from work. They didn't have life insurance and she can't find a job soon enough to start making mortgage payments - she loses everything.
Should she, given how serious the circumstances are, kill her child? Would anyone think that was a reasonable thing to do? Or might she, just might she, find a way to move forward, get back on her feet, and find a way to support herself and her child?
Circumstances are often serious in life. Sometimes those circumstances are present when a child is in the womb and sometimes those circumstances don't occur until later on. Death is never the solution to circumstances which can and will change.
My original mother had very bad circumstances when I was conceived. Her mother was a widow, they didn't have a lot of money, and she was young. She chose life for me and chose to place me for adoption. This is always an option for someone facing an unplanned pregnancy today. I got to live my one, irreplaceable life, my parents got the daughter they had waited eight years to love, and my original mother got to go on with her life and her plans - win-win-win. I asked her last year if she ever wishes she had aborted me instead? She gasped and said, "No! Never!" She loves hearing from me. She loves hearing about what our daughters are doing in their lives - all of that could have been long gone if she had had me terminated in the womb because her circumstances were "serious".
Our oldest daughter became part of our family as a teenager after she lived a nightmare of a childhood. Many people use child abuse as a reason to terminate children in the womb - "what if they end up being abused". She was abused, not because her mother couldn't have had an abortion, but because of her mother's life choices to use alcohol and drugs. No one can look at my daughter and tell me that *killing* her would have been the "compassionate" choice. She is a unique human being with the right to live her one, irreplaceable life.
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