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Child Bearing

Bearing a child affects a woman more deeply than it can any man. No woman thinks, like, “I guess I’ll go out today and get a pedicure then stop off at the clinic for an abortion”. It’s a soul-bruising choice. From the depths of my conscience, I say: what about the rights of the born? The ones already occupying the planet, the ones living and breathing and needing? Could I afford a “special needs” child? Well, no! It would bankrupt my family. If I found out a fetus I was carrying was defective, I’d have an abortion. I’d do it reluctantly. I could love that child. Maybe if we had a real safety net, free health care, I might be willing to have it. But as things are…? I’d choose the ones I love who are living, over the unborn. But why stop with outlawing abortion? Why not go back to banning birth control? Make it illegal to have a miscarriage? Arrest women who drink or smoke or don’t take enough folic acid during pregnancy? Women aren’t just machines for producing babies! We have souls. We have minds and a conscience. You have the right to try to guide me, but in the end it is my own wisdom that must choose.

By the same author;

House Number 230
Elmswood Park
Along 1st Road
Marondera, Mashonaland East 00000
Zimbabwe
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Published by K. T. NHAMO

I would rather entertain people and hope they were educated than educate them and hope they were entertained.

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