I know a mom
Who had children
But a bad marriage.

Then she was pregnant.

The dad wanted her to have an abortion.
Was that his right?

Mommy wanted that baby.
Was that her right?

And she was born.
That baby lived a wonderful life
Marriage, career, children.

Was it her daddy’s right to end her life
Before it began?
Was it her mother’s right?
What was that baby’s right to be?


3 thoughts on “Right to Life

  1. Hi Paula,

    In my mind, this is one of the easiest and also one of the most difficult moral dilemnas out there. In your hypothetical, I’d say it seems obvious that a fetus has a right to be born.

    But I do, in fact, know a woman who was volunteering at an orphanage in Guatemala. She was mistaken for someone else, abducted by the security forces, and tortured in such horrific days that I had nightmares when I read about it. For instance, she was thrown into a pit overnight that was filled with corpses, rats, and people who weren’t dead yet. She was gang-raped by her torturers. And she became pregnant.

    She escaped miraculously. But she was so traumatized that she suffered severe amnesia, and could remember almost nothing about her life prior to the torture and rape. There is no way she could have survived psychologically if she had been forced to give birth to that child (and give it to an orphanage). It took her a decade before she could recall details of her prior life. She would have certainly committed suicide if she had been told that she was not permitted to have an abortion.

    Now the issue doesn’t look so straightforward to me as it did using the example you provided.

    I empathize with people regardless of what position they take on this. I believe there is no simple one-size-fits-all answer.


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