Parenting is a very personal choice

Posted: Monday, March 01, 2010

I am a 19-year-oldmother to a beautiful 17-month-old boy. When I became pregnant at 17, we never considered other options - the father and I were going to be parents

A girl I knew became pregnant at a young age as well. She chose adoption. Her daughter is now almost 2 and has a wonderful life. I always supported this decision. I could never do it myself, but it was the right thing for everyone in this situation.

I have another friend who pregnant and chose abortion. I support that decision. Again, I could never do it, but it was the right thing to do in her situation.

My point? These are all very personal, very intense decisions, and not one of them is taken lightly or easy to make. The reality: We have these choices for a reason.

I do not believe it is anyone's place to try to take these choices from us, or try to push their beliefs onto others. I don't see how it helps.

I have my opinions, and I share them with people I know. Sometimes I engage in friendly debate, but never would I shove a sign in someone's face, bluntly saying, "You're wrong." Never would I try to take the right for an American to make this decision about themselves and their fetus (there is a medical difference between fetus and child).

Do you think it's possible this world would be a better place if we all stepped back, took a look at the big picture and understand one another?

There is one belief I will push: Peace, love and understanding among all. It's the only way we're going to make it.

Naomi McRae

Juneau



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