By Susan Steffen-Kraft
I always knew I was adopted as from the time they got me when I was a little over a month old my mother told me the story every night. It was how a nice lady could not keep her baby and so she gave her up to some people that wanted a baby very badly. One day I asked her if that baby was me. She told me yes and that was that!
My Mother came to college for a special Brunch and a few days later she wrote me a letter and in it was this paragraph. "The Mother-Daughter Brunch will always be among my nicest memories. Thank You so much for being my daughter". Yes, Susan, God was answering my prayers all those eleven years. He was saying, "Be patient, I have a little girl all picked out for you-but you must wait". "I'm so glad we waited."
My middle name is Joy, because I brought them Joy! She told me so! Would there have been Joy if I had been aborted! No! My father did not even want another man's child until he held me and then he did not want to let me go! So for all of you who believe in abortion, think long and hard.
Now for the other side of the story! As I have said, I was sexually molested for an entire year! I was just old enough (5th grade) I could have gotten pregnant! The body is not developed enough or the mind to handle this well at all! Do you think if that had happened that my parents should not have had the choice to make whether or not to terminate the life I could have been carrying! But at the risk of my life should they and the doctors not have been able to make a decision.
Both sides of this situation need to think long and hard before you answer. Either way my life could have been gone! For most of you there is only your side of the Triangle. But wait, a triangle is 3 sided! The 3rd side being the one you choose to ignore! In Jesse Ventura's words: "Do I stand Alone?"
There are other ideas and options! How about you all pull together to fight for Adopted Parents to have an easier time to adopt! Less stringent rules, cheaper, etc. And let us not forget that many children are stripped from their adoptive home due to the fact the Mother changes her mind or the father finds out and says "I did not know about the child!" The child now 1-3 years old is then taken from the loving parents and given to someone else ! THIS IS WRONG! I am glad my parents got to raise me! Rules need to be in play to protect the Adoptive parents and the child!
We would also have more choices to offer pregnant mothers other than abortion and they should raise the child even though they are one themselves! Not as much need for people to go overseas to adopt one then, less children aborted, people happy because they now have a child!
Gee, but it is all about I am right on either side with this issue! No thought about the 3rd side of that triangle! We are playing with peoples lives when we cannot look beyond our own selfish and I am right ideas!
I read and saw pictures of a little girl in India that had 2 children and she was just over 13 years old. She was a baby herself and because of having them so young she was bleeding all the time! Now although it is a different country should we not protect the children here who are 2 young to be having babies; physically and mentally!
How about a child who is pregnant by her uncle. Do we force her to carry that child because Pro Lifers believe having an abortion is wrong! Not only is it incest, it is rape and endangerment of her life! Many of you who protest abortion would protect your own child's life if this happened and many of you who want abortion would sacrifice someone like me who would contribute something to this world.
I have 2 beautiful children and 2 beautiful grandchildren! They would not be here if I were not! This is my story, I have lived it. I have no regrets for how I came into this world, it was not my fault! I am here, I am alive, and I have many people who love me! I am blessed!
Not flesh of my flesh,
Nor bone of my bone,
But still miraculously
For a single minute;
You didn't grow under my heart,
But in it.
Thank You Barbara for carrying me in your Tummy and giving me up to the Wonderful people who raised me and THANK YOU MOM for CARRYING ME IN YOUR HEART!