Editor: I became pregnant for our first child before marriage and was very quickly told by my doctor that if I wanted an abortion he’d set it up. I, and my now husband, were shocked that it was so readily accessible in Vancouver 43 years ago.
We were very upset with this doctor and immediately decided to marry and raise our beautiful baby girl, Cherie.
Seventeen years later our daughter became pregnant here in Souris. Thank God she decided not to abort and our wonderful grandson was born. He is a light in our lives. Cherie went on to have two more wonderful children before dying of cancer at age 27.
In her short life she was a strong advocate for the child in the womb. I tell you this because I felt so connected with her at the recent March for Life in Charlottetown.
If we had aborted her because it was “inconvenient and embarrassing,” we would have missed the 27 years we had with Cherie — she wouldn’t have been here to bring us the joy of life that she brought to us. If she had aborted because it was “inconvenient and embarrassing,” we would have missed having our grandson in our lives.
Life brings with it much pain and much joy and the life of our children and our grandchildren is the best joy of all.
My experience shows that most women/girls who abort do so because they lack the support and strength of family and community to help them through the difficult decisions that will come with giving birth — keeping the child or giving him/her up to adoption — and the help needed whatever decision is made.
I am asking P.E.I. Health Minister Doug Currie to consider the welfare of the mother and child by putting extra resources towards helping these mothers emotionally, spiritually and physically through their term of pregnancy and until they get on their feet. This would be a positive, life-giving approach to the situation.