When One Is Enough

Amy Richards was pregnant with triplets, but she only wanted one child. So she had two aborted.

Her decision was made easier as the doctor thought one of the fetuses was 3 days older. The other two were twins.

Her reason for stopping the heartbeat of two of her unborn children? She didn’t want her “life” to end. She didn’t want to move out of her apt. and buy jars of mayo at Costco.

I see no logic in her actions, only selfishness. If she didn’t want her “life” to change, why did she choose to get pregnant by stopping birth control?

Is abortion truly about choice, or is it really about convenience?

My question: If all three fetuses were the same age, how does one determine which of the their unborn children to terminate? Flip a coin? Have the doctor decide? Or is it a question we were never meant to ponder?

And in all of this, this phrase echoes in my mind:
John 15:13- “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

or re-phrased:

“Greater love has no woman than this: that she lay down her life for her children.”

But, I’m just a guy, right? What do I know?

The New York Times > Magazine > Lives: When One Is Enough

One Response to “When One Is Enough”

  • kb Says:

    Convenience…but a great convenience? Personally I was a total pro-choice poster girl. I went to Texas A & M, where you could not get to class on campus without walking past life-sized photos of unborn fetus covered in blood, most were way past the 1st trimester stage, and already had hair, and well…that’s already graphic enough…in my earlier days…I knew I would make the choice of convenience.

    Before moving to MN, I worked in a family planning clinic for a state hospital – we saw mostly patients on the low end of the socioeconomic scale…who, by the way, were offered FREE birth control. hmmm…should I be saying this? I had to interview patients often, and also in managing data, had to read through their self report forms…our preliminary analysis showed that about 50% of our study patients had had an abortion, but what was so shocking was that most had had more than one. I saw girls who were 16 who had had 5 or 6. I also spoke with moms who wanted their girls on birth control even before they were sexually active just in case they were raped.

    It’s a tough question. It saddens me. I wonder sometimes about the psychological effects…but I also am saddened because there are people out there – and I’ve been there – who give themselves away just to feel loved, and somewhere deep inside, they feel so uncomfortable, so unloved, that the only choice for them is to make the problem go away – to just not even offer the truth because of the consequences…the guy won’t want it, the parents will be outraged. YES. There are consequences to promiscuity, to unprotected sex, to not saving yourself, but to think that there is no other alternative but abortion? That there would be no one out there to support you? to help you? to love you? Kinda tugs at your heart…

    I don’t at all understand those who have that support system in place, who are in a position deemed fit for having kids by society (marriage?), and yet still opt for what they think would be easier for them. I might opt for financial struggle over the psychological struggle that comes from wondering how tall your child would be now? Would they be talking? Would they be interested in sports or writing?

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