Monday, September 29, 2008

Abort The Mission

When a tiny life growing inside our swelling belly jeopardizes the life that sustains it how do we make that choice?

Recently I began my yearly coordinator role as the pro-life scheduler for the booth at our local fair. It was a role that my mother filled for 30 years and a position I feel proud to inherit. This year I decided to take a 3 hour shift myself in addition to coordinating the other volunteers. As a result I was introduced to a wonderful mixture of people. Expectant mothers, proud grandparents, remorseful women, curious individuals, skeptics and protesters.

Later in the day I was visited by a young teenage boy. His name was Seth and he was 16 years old. At first I overlooked Seth as he grazed past the booth fumbling through the literature as a lot of other teenagers had done with no real interest or understanding. I focused more on women because most of the time once the younger men figured out what the booth was about, they moved on quickly. They almost seemed embarrassed and confused but Seth was different.

Seth continued to linger at the booth until I offered a pamplet. He then pointed to the monitor we had playing and asked about the ultrasound videos with sincere curiosity. Seth took notice of our baby stages display and asked the age of the oldest display. I told him that was the approximate size of a 30 week old baby. That's when Seth told me he was born at that age.
His mother was diagnosed with cancer early in the pregnancy and the doctor pressured her to abort so she could begin radiation and chemotherapy or else she and the babies wouldn't make it. Seth was a twin and his mother sadly lost one of the twins as her pregnancy progressed. Seth's mom refused to abort and carried Seth until he was prematurely born. His only side effect today is asthma. Seth was the most articulate, well spoken 16 year old I've ever had the pleasure of conversating with and that includes my own 15 year old son.
Seth's mother was running the ice cream booth a few doors down and later that day I found myself there complimenting her on the spectacular job she had done so far with her son.
I said to Seth's mom,
"I hope my own son is that clear, articulate, passionate and educated about his own personal beliefs in the future as your son is at such a young age."

No matter what you believe stand strong and be educated in your convictions. I may not agree with you, others may not agree but we will respect your opinion much more if you are steadfast and educated in your belief. You will respect my belief in return if I am passionate and educated about the subject I speak about.

Seth is a belief. He's a living, breathing example of what I believe about abortion. Seth and his mother are miracles. They both survived a situation that doctors believed were deathly for both parties. Seth will be an addition to our society and because of that his mother's decision not to abort the mission was a good one. Life is fragile. Consider every decision you make carefully and use your heart.


em's scrapbag said...

What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

miss aj said...

She was lucky. I have known children that grew up motherless because of the mothers decision. It's hard on the older kids when they know that their mother chose to die and provide another child with life but in the process deny them her love.

Tina said...

I really appreciate this post. I was a chapter president for Right to Life many years ago (20, I think) and I left for several reasons, but the cause for life has never left my heart. (stories like the one you just shared.)Thanks for the good work you do and for sharing this post.

Moni said...

Seth sounds like a delighful young man. It is wonderfull that you had a chance to talk to him.

Linda said...

where are you lacey

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