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A four-sentence story, along with a picture of a child whose teenage parents chose life, has gone viral.
Over 720,000 have “liked” the posting on the popular Facebook photo blog Humans of New York, which reads:
“I was 16 when my girlfriend got pregnant. We went to the abortion clinic on 59th Street. We filled out the papers and everything. Then right before we were called back, we looked at each other, and said: ‘Let’s get out of here.’”
The posting has also prompted nearly 10,000 comments; many of them consist of people sharing their stories of choosing life over abortion. Here is a sampling:
“*standing ovation* that’s what I call ‘courage.’” – Caroline
“My first child is adopted and she’s almost 3 months old. Her birth mom is one of the bravest people I know and she had made two appointments to go to an abortion clinic, but the both times she couldn’t go through with it. I’m forever grateful to her for giving us what we struggled for years to have.” – Erica.
“I was 16 and pregnant and also went to an abortion clinic. They did an ultrasound and turned the screen away from me. The doctor said I wasn’t allowed to see because it might make me change my mind. I started crying, sat up and said, “I think I just did, I’m keeping my baby.” Now my son is almost 9 years old, and I don’t know what I’d do without him.” – Daf
“October 16, 2000 will be a day I will never forget. I didn’t have the courage to walk out. Evan Alexander would have been 14. It took God a long time to heal my guilt and shame. Praying for you guys and your journey. Looking forward to holding my baby in heaven someday.” – Julie
“My then boyfriend, now husband and I did the same thing. I was on my way to the consultation appointment to abort and he called me as I walked out of my parents house and asked if I left yet. I told him no, and he said “don’t!” He heard a song on the radio on his way. A song that played at his aunt’s funeral. He said it was a sign that we need to keep the baby. I don’t think I have ever been more relieved in my life, then I was the moment I called the office and said I wouldn’t be coming in. Now she is 6 years old and we have a 3 year old boy and another little girl that will be born any day now. We are going strong ( going on 10 years) and we love our children with all of our hearts!” – Amanda
“Never heard of a woman who regretted not having an abortion.” – Christina
Perhaps, the recently released videos implicating Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation, in the sale of aborted babies’ body parts has made the story of this young New York couple choosing life resonate all the more.
President Ronald Reagan recognized that the practice of abortion was not consistent with the nation’s founding beliefs and issued a proclamation to highlight the problem. In it, he followed the same reasoning President Abraham Lincoln used when he pointed out the Supreme Court’s error of not recognizing the personhood of Americans of African descent in the Dred Scott case.
Reagan stated: “America has given a great gift to the world, a gift that drew upon the accumulated wisdom derived from centuries of experiments in self-government.” “Our gift is twofold,” he continued, “the declaration, as a cardinal principle of all just law, of the God-given, unalienable rights possessed by every human being; and the example of our determination to secure those rights and to defend them against every challenge through the generations.”
He noted that one of those inalienable rights, “as the Declaration of Independence affirms so eloquently, is the right to life.” He highlighted the “tragic and unspeakable results” since the decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973 – the loss of tens of millions of unborn lives. The decision, the president wrote, thus cheapened the nation’s respect for human life.
Based on these observations, the proclamation closed: “I, Ronald Reagan…do hereby proclaim and declare the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.” Then, borrowing directly from the Emancipation Proclamation, he wrote: “‘Upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God.’”
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