One of yesterday's feature articles on msn.com totally made me cry. The article (reprinted from an issue of Marie Claire) was "Why I Chose Abortion" by Gretchen Voss, and in it she tells her painful story, speaking on behalf of parents who have made the agonizing decision to terminate their pregnancies due to fetal abnormalities.
"I asked over and over, Are we doing the right thing? Our family -- even my Catholic father and Republican father-in-law, neither of whom were ever pro-choice -- assured us that we were. Politics suddenly became personal -- their daughter's heartbreak, their son's pain, their grandchild's suffering -- and that changed everything.""Seven months later, in November 2003, 14 weeks into my second pregnancy, I gently rubbed my rounded belly, tears rolling down my cheeks as I watched George W. Bush sign the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act on CNN. It would be at least two more weeks before I could learn via ultrasound if this baby squirming around inside my womb was healthy or not. Taking in the scene, I understood that if this baby were plagued with the same genetic defects as my last, any choices I had were being taken away from me."
I can't even possibly imagine how anyone could not support reproductive rights for women after reading this heartwrenching story.