Abortion's hidden wounds (letter)by Dr David van GendNews Weekly
, March 12, 2005
Adoption remains the bravest and best alternative to abortion. It enables a mother who has not seen her son for the 27 years since birth to exclaim, "I deserve a medal - you're gorgeous! The universe is a better place for having you!" It enables the son's first words to his unknown father, Tony Abbott, to be "Thanks for having me."
For a mother in particular, adoption is painful, but it is life-giving pain, not the pain of death. The child lives on. If adoption leaves a wound, it is an honourable wound that can heal, not a dirty wound that festers cruelly. The mother of an aborted child can never tell him, "You're gorgeous." The father will never hear his boy say thanks.
The greatest suffering I see is in the gentlest mother, often pressured into abortion, who wakes in the night for years hearing her lost child cry, or puts flowers on another child's grave because there is no place to mark her own. Out of compassion for these mothers - let alone their babies who never get a chance to make the universe a better place - we must focus on life-giving alternatives to abortion.(Dr) David van Gend,