Abortion Rights, the 47th Anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision Reminds Me of the Person With the Most Regret

The mother changed her mind. The plaintiff with the anonymous name “Jane Roe” later came out and identified herself as the woman who had had a baby against her will, who she adopted out, but continued her fight for abortion Rights a the way to the Supreme Court. Before she died she told the world she had embraced Christianity and was sorry for pursuing the case that changed America. How do I know?

When I was looking for my birth mother I researched the date of Roe v Wade bc I wanted a clue to indicate if my birth mother had had me only bc abortion was unavailable. I discovered the unpredictable–abortion had been an option but she still attempted a diy procedure she called “the coat hanger thing.”

Caroleena, the product of a botched abortion

Can you imagine the level of regret she had? I’m reminded of another life ending decision making process. The people who worked on the atomic bomb thought they were developing a war ending weapon. The plan had been to use it to stop Hitler. Then Germany surrendered and it was used on Japan. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the leading scientists on the project. Albert Einstein’s work had been used to develop the bomb. Both of them deeply regretted their roles, the Japanese lives lost, the subsequent threat to the world. They had thought they were doing something good for humanity but were bitterly disappointed. Even if it wasn’t entirely up to them how the science was applied, without their continuous efforts those deaths wouldn’t have occurred–not that way.

There are people who will always believe that Jane Roe, Robert Oppenheimer, Albert Einstein all fought the good fight. Those lives, unborn and born were already doomed–the unborn were unwanted and Japan was our enemy. It would not end well for those on the wrong side, but we can make sure there’s no unnecessary suffering. Proper medical procedures kept women safe. When the bombs were dropped on Japan, no American lives were and Ja mmefiately surrendered instead of fighting to the last man. No doubt that’s true. But my point is we need to know how the major players felt about themselves in the aftermath of their life ending choices. Consequences are eternally real, and the situation may end but the feelings about difficult choices never do.

Make an informed choice. The ramifications of your decision may be unimaginably far reaching and you will live with what you did– forever. Even the praise of others won’t take away how you feel about yourself. Can you live inside your head in the aftermath?

Caroleena, advocating for transparency in the abortion discussion.
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