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One Woman's Choice
The Washington Post ^ | November 15, 2005 | Maria Eftimiades

Posted on 11/16/2005 3:59:31 AM PST by Eepsy

"So when do you go for the abortion?'' my friend asked, her voice sympathetic.

"Wednesday,'' I replied, and then hurriedly got off the phone. I called Mike, my boyfriend, in tears, complaining about how inconsiderate people are, how no one thinks before they speak. The truth was, until I heard the word "abortion,'' it hadn't occurred to me that I was actually having one.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; contraception; downssyndrome; postabortivewomen
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To: section9
What exceptions would there need to be? It's legal for any
21 posted on 11/16/2005 4:44:06 AM PST by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: section9
I am one of those 'high risk' mothers. You can bet your life that I made VERY sure I did NOT get pregnant.

Pregnancy is not something you catch like a cold.

There are choices to make that do not include killing your unborn baby.

22 posted on 11/16/2005 4:45:32 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Eepsy
No one is saying it's easy, But everyone's life is worth living.
23 posted on 11/16/2005 4:46:59 AM PST by LauraleeBraswell
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To: shattered

"I feel sorry for her. Even though she believes that she made the right choice, she will never be the same emotionally."

I feel sorry for her too. It seems like it was a gut wrenching decision. Because they were older, they probably didn't want the problems and the time it would consume in their life. Pretty selfish if you ask me.
One other thing...these tests aren't always correct.

24 posted on 11/16/2005 4:48:44 AM PST by Cricket24 ("We have met the enemy and it's the U.S. press (and the democrats and some Republicans)!")
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To: Eepsy

One moral to this story is, nature intended for humans to have children at a much younger age than these folks. Raising children takes more energy than people in their 50's and 60's can muster.

25 posted on 11/16/2005 4:51:33 AM PST by wolfcreek
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To: Eepsy

Ah...the liberal attitude to those with handicaps on full display. It reared its ugly head during the Terri disaster Jessi Jackson notwithstanding as well.

26 posted on 11/16/2005 4:53:44 AM PST by xp38
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To: All

For a few years I worked in a mental health hospital which also operated a day care program for mentally disabled people including those adults or late teens with Down Syndrome. They gathered during the week for activities and developing learning skills and went on arranged field trips. Occasionally they raised money for their craft supplies by making dinner for the people in the hospital and the staff as well.

They had a memorable time serving spaghetti lunches to long lines of staff and patients (making a statement about the hospital food too I believe), and we all had a great time interacting with these people.

Know why? I have never seen such truly happy people. The patients were naturally unhappy and depressed in most cases, if not paranoid or out of it....and the staff were rushed, tired, cranky and all those things you encounter in a working environment which has a stress level of high proportions.

The most free, most accepting people were the disabled folk - especially the Down Syndrome group who were great communicators, enjoyed showing us their crafts at a moment's notice, and seemed to grateful to have a busy day ahead of them, enjoying life's simple pleasures. To be alive....and busy.

I often wondered which group was the "disabled" in our crowd.

27 posted on 11/16/2005 4:57:35 AM PST by imintrouble
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To: Eepsy
"Mike and I weren't married, and had decided to wait before taking that step."

Wait for what? Retirement? She's 42 and he's 52. Just how long are they planning on waiting? If they're not ready by now, they're never going to be.

28 posted on 11/16/2005 5:00:15 AM PST by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile.)
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To: Eepsy
When I hung up, I told Mike, "It's Down syndrome''

OK, that's enough for me.

Now let's put our thinking caps on, Leftists. If it's better to kill a baby than to let it live with Down's Syndrome, what should we do about those people currently living with Down's Syndrome? Wouldn't they be better off dead too?

In fact, I'm sure that's what you believe. You just don't have the guts to pull the trigger. At least not yet. Thank God.

29 posted on 11/16/2005 5:00:40 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Eepsy
Don't they know that the term abortion has been replaced with better terms like "choice" and "family-planning"?

How inconsiderate of the friend to use such a comnemning word like "abortion".


Actually, I'm glad that it got under the pregnant woman's skin. Hopefully she'll go the right way by repenting and asking Jesus into her heart.
30 posted on 11/16/2005 5:01:21 AM PST by Preachin' (Enoch's testimony was that he pleased God: Why are we still here?)
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To: Day Kay
Let's take it one step further, if we're talking "sinful," and suggest that maybe - possibly - if they weren't married, they shouldn't have been having sex???

I blame people who watch and support tv shows like "Sex in the City' & "Housewives'. It's those people who are supporting immoral actions.

31 posted on 11/16/2005 5:01:57 AM PST by Fawn (Try not---do or do not. ~~ Yoda)
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To: Appalled but Not Surprised
The use of contraceptives is mortally sinful regardless of circumstances.

They had already sinned. They were having sex outside of marriage.

Moral of the story... If you are going to sin, take precautions so you don't conceive a baby you are going to kill.

32 posted on 11/16/2005 5:06:50 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: wolfcreek
Abortion is wrong but, to say the use of contraception is wrong is stretching abit too far.IMHO

I thought that at one time too. But listen to the other side of the argument which is based entirely on the natural law. Note this prophetic passage in particular.

Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of [this] ...if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.
Keep in mind that all Protestant denominations opposed artificial means of contraception until 1929.
33 posted on 11/16/2005 5:06:58 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Eepsy
This truly makes me sad as I know one couple at church who knew they were going to have a baby with Down's, and, although it's been difficult for them, have done a wonderful job in raising the little boy.

As a woman myself, I just can't imagine the thought process you would have to go through to convince yourself it's okay to kill your baby. My husband and I don't want to have children at this point in our lives, but if I did get pregnant, there is no way I would not have the baby - even if he or she does have Down's or some other kind of "defect." I'm seriously really upset by this article, and I can't help but feel pity for this woman, as she will never stop thinking about the baby she killed.

34 posted on 11/16/2005 5:07:59 AM PST by arizonarachel ("Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men," Col 3:23)
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To: Eepsy

Abortion for defect of the baby is the exception to the rule.

Most of them are done for the reasons of "I wasn't quite ready yet to be a mommy."

36 posted on 11/16/2005 5:08:36 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Eepsy
To know now that our son would be retarded, perhaps profoundly, gives us the choice of not continuing the pregnancy. We don't want a life like that for our child,

No one has the right to make a subjective decision regarding the quality or usefulness of another persons life.

37 posted on 11/16/2005 5:09:30 AM PST by carlr
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To: Eepsy all ways.

She's so sure prolifers wouldn't give a woman the right to grieve...

...trained personel do this everyday in crisis pregnancy centers around the world...

..let women grieve over aborted babies..... they even have grief counseling and name the baby who was aborted.

They also counsel these women to understand it is a baby....and hope they will not abort again and again....(as some women do)

But I also feel anger....this woman cannot justify killing an innocent baby...(& who knows if that test was 100% right!---many times the baby is born healthy & without the Down's, althought that is not an excuse to kill the child)...

This woman may have killed her only opportunity to have a child from her womb.

38 posted on 11/16/2005 5:11:33 AM PST by Guenevere
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To: Eepsy
But I'm quite certain that I made the right choice for the three of us.

So even she acknowledges that it was a human being she killed.

39 posted on 11/16/2005 5:12:06 AM PST by alisasny (Jerry Lewis on France rioting...."CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG!")
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To: Eepsy

Hey, Maria, glad the infanticide worked out for ya'.

40 posted on 11/16/2005 5:12:26 AM PST by RogueIsland
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