daughter she never knew


desperate now

no real choice

no viable option

he’d already left her

she birthed other babies

what else could she do

but have child removed?

…the one she’d never celebrate


Abortion is a tragedy to grieve, not an occasion to celebrate. Author Leslie Leyland Fields writes an open, compassionate letter to “celebrants” of abortion here.

23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rothpoetry
    Jan 28, 2019 @ 12:59:48

    Yes it is a tragic choice that is made often in very desperate straits!


  2. navasolanature
    Jan 27, 2019 @ 09:36:26

    Difficult decisions and if a woman cannot cope with more its even sadder as we do not support women enough with either birth control or the issues these decisions can create.


  3. Grace
    Jan 26, 2019 @ 14:08:47

    How sad is this situation. No, not a time to celebrate them.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 25, 2019 @ 14:58:02

    I doubt that there is anyone celebrating abortions…


  5. Frank Hubeny
    Jan 25, 2019 @ 13:49:50

    It is the one to grieve over not celebrate.


  6. Sabio Lantz
    Jan 25, 2019 @ 08:32:05

    Indeed, no one celebrates an abortion — no one. It is a hard, painful choice, often brought by hard painful circumstances. I had a close evangelical Christian woman friend, married the man of her dreams — a preacher. They worked in the inner city. Their home was broken into when her husband was away, she was raped and got pregnant. She was told abortion was a horrible sin and the pregnancy, though hard to understand was god’s plan for her. So my friend, at 24 years old, killed herself.


  7. Lona Gynt
    Jan 25, 2019 @ 07:44:33

    I do have to wonder at the culpability we all share reflected in the words, “no real choice, no viable option.” I suspect anyone who has had an abortion would have celebrated it, this world forces so many false dichotomies and blind corners. In a world of competing imperatives, I hope we can find a way to help people support life affirming possibilities, while standing in compassion with those who truly felt they had no other choice. You present life crying out within the scales of both views, underscoring the essence of tragedy. I do think Cider House Rules are often written by people who did not live in the Cider House.


  8. msjadeli
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 22:25:31

    i think about neil young’s song rockin in the free world and my heart aches. life is cruel and death is crueler, especially for an unborn


  9. Becoming His Tapestry
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 20:34:02

    Amen 🙏🏽


  10. V.J. Knutson
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 20:00:13

    So heart wrenching. Suffering that no one else but the woman who is going through can understand.


  11. Charley
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 18:46:40

    So many possible answers in today’s… and yesterday’s news. So little truth… but more devastating, so little love on either side. And isn’t it sad that I had to say, “either side.”


    • lynn__
      Jan 25, 2019 @ 07:02:22

      A lack of love any way you look at it. An excellent organization called CareNet reaches out to help women and their children in difficult circumstances.


      • Charley
        Jan 25, 2019 @ 20:21:13

        I know about CareNet, and other organizations that do similar work. We can’t make people tune into something they may not have… or be aware they have. That’s someone else’s job.

  12. sanaarizvi
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 16:05:02

    Sigh 😦 it is like Calvino says; “In abortion, the person who is massacred, physically and morally, is the woman.” 💔💔


  13. erbiage
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 15:19:15

    Hey lynn. You reminded me of this one I wrote but didn’t publish:

    You would have been 22 today (Not really, but close enough) If we had let you If our fear hadn’t driven us To snuff you out Before you had begun

    Sent from my iPhone



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