An adopted teenager, the suddenly radiant offspring of an
impoverished orphan, has begun learning about abortion. Its very existence comes
as a shock. It is a heart-wrenching conversation for mother and daughter.
In the 30 years since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision,
the mother’s thoughts have ebbed and flowed. It doesn’t seem that long ago, her
childhood 40 years past, when birth control methods were few, unreliable and
hard to get, and women were butchered and killed at the hands of abortionists
with no medical training.
…The daughter, this precious fruit of an unintended
pregnancy, asks, what will I do if I get pregnant?
The mother said whatever they would decide, she would
help her and love her, and her life would go on. “But I would hope,” said the
mother, “that you would do what your birth mother did. That would be a beautiful