My mother killed me
What would the voice of an aborted baby sound like?
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 42 million abortions are induced worldwide each year. In South Africa, 85 000 abortions were induced in the year 2010 according to abort97.co.za
The abortion debate has been going on for ages. The ‘pro-choice’ movement argues that a woman should have a choice to keep or to abort the developing baby. The ‘pro-life movement’ argues that every child has a right to be born.
Missing in all the debate are the voices of the unborn children. What would they say?
An anonymous writer wrote a now famous article, Diary of an Unborn Child:
Today my life began. My parents do not know it yet, but it is I already. And I am to be a girl. I shall have blond hair and blue eyes. Just about everything is settled though, even the fact that I shall love flowers.
Some say that I am not a real person yet, that only my mother exists. But I am a real person, just as a small crumb of bread is yet truly bread. My mother is. And I am.
My mouth is just beginning to open now. Just think, in a year or so I shall be laughing and later talking. I know what my first word will be: MAMA.
My heart began to beat today all by itself. From now on it shall gently beat for the rest of my life without ever stopping to rest! And after many years it will tire. It will stop, and then I shall die.
I am growing a bit every day. My arms and legs are beginning to take shape. But I have to wait a long time yet before those little legs will raise me to my mother’s arms, before these little arms will be able to gather flowers and embrace my father.
Tiny fingers are beginning to form on my hands. Funny how small they are! I’ll be able to stroke my mother’s hair with them.
It wasn’t until today that the doctor told mom that I am living here under her heart. Oh, how happy she must be! Are you happy, mom?
My mom and dad are probably thinking about a name for me. But they don’t even know that I am a little girl. I want to be called Kathy. I am getting so big already.
My hair is growing. It is smooth and bright and shiny. I wonder what kind of hair mom has?
I am just about able to see. It is dark around me. When mom brings me into the world it will be full of sunshine and flowers. But what I want more than anything is to see my mom. How do you look, mom?
I wonder if mom hears the whispering of my heart? Some children come into the world a little sick. But my heart is strong and healthy. It beats so evenly: tup-tup, tup-tup. You’ll have a healthy little daughter, mom!
Today my mother killed me.
According to wikipedia ‘Diary of an Unborn Child is the title of an anonymously-written article which was published by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society in the May 22, 1980 issue of its Awake! magazine.’
The article was adapted by Mark Fox to come up with a song of the same name.
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When would you say a developing baby becomes a person?