Regarding "They seem so nice, and yet ..." (Sept. 4, Letters): The letter writer is to be congratulated on her gentle tone in addressing this highly charged topic, so I'll attempt to answer her with the same pen. Consider these scenarios:
An innocent girl is raped by her father or brother or favorite uncle or by a gang or a provider of spiritual services. She becomes pregnant.
Do we attempt to rescue this physically and emotionally traumatized youngster, or do we compound her situation by the overwhelming act of a child having a child? Isn't it enough that she will suffer recurring flashbacks and that her childhood and education are in jeopardy? Should she have to go to term?
A young mother of three girls all under 6 desires another and conceives. During this wanted pregnancy she is diagnosed with a medical problem that will be fatal if she continues the gestation process.
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There are three little girls at home that will need her touch and guidance during their formative years and a father who will have the added responsibilities that only a mother really is capable of providing.
Should this family be denied this beautiful and important person?