A mother’s post on Facebook about her decision to have a second abortion has quickly gone viral. In the post, she spoke of her love for her aborted baby, and how her living children would have loved their new baby brother or sister, but chose to abort because “we’re going through a lot” and “you deserved all the love in the world.”
The image was shared by pro-life advocate Laura Klassen. Many people reacted with shock and dismay, but others pushed back against the idea that less-than-ideal circumstances mean abortion is necessary. Several mothers chimed in to share their stories of unplanned pregnancies, and their decision to choose life anyway — and how they live with love and happiness instead of grief and regret.
One mom said that the father of her baby girl wanted her to have an abortion; she refused, and called it the “best choice” she ever made.
Another mom was experiencing a debilitating bout of MS — multiple sclerosis — when she got pregnant for the third time. But she chose life anyway, and her symptoms improved with pregnancy. She’s also the happy mom of a beautiful little girl.
A third mom explained how they were struggling with finances when she got pregnant. She wisely pointed out that an unplanned pregnancy does not have to equal a life in crisis forever. “Circumstances are temporary. Abortion is permanent,” she wrote. “Your situation can always improve. But you can never get your child back.” She now calls that boy her little sunshine.
Another mom admitted that it has been difficult adjusting to a third child, but also swore that abortion would never have been an option for her.
These stories — and that of the original post that went viral — show the inherent failure of abortion to address the issues women face.
At one time, feminists sought to improve the circumstances pressed upon women, so they did not feel compelled to have abortions; after all, many mothers feel they truly do not have any other choice. They face coercion or pressure from people around them, they are scared they cannot afford a child, they feel they have to choose between their baby and their education or career.
Abortion does nothing to address those circumstances, and allows a culture that is unfriendly to mothers and children to continue to thrive. Many women still choose life, showing incredible bravery and love — but for abortion to become unthinkable, the culture of death must come to an end.