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'I am a psychotherapist specializing in pregnancy loss. I could not have predicted how my work would buttress my belief that a woman’s desperate desire for her pregnancy to end in a live birth is as equally valid and honorable as the next woman’s choice to end hers. The “baby” lost,  is one that lived in her own mind, the one that she forged a profound relationship with that possibly, probably, involved love. It by no means follows that I believe  every pregnancy creates a “baby” or indeed a legal person that needs protecting by law.  I have learned to make room for myriad interpretations of a pregnancy, as each will be tethered to its own meaning.  Each time I listen to a woman’s thinking about her pregnancy, I learn what it meant to her, and so, what her relationship to her unborn was. Like miscarriage, “abortion” is a term that describes a potentially vast range of experiences.'

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My comment:Before my sons were born, I had two miscarriages. So this passages echos for me:

"The "baby" lost to miscarriage captures a future-oriented fantasy child. While it may not have discernible limbs, an expectant parent may well have held it in her arms, pushed it in a buggy or even chosen the color of its nursery wall. This baby may have nestled in a mind for months or even years. Hilary Mantel describes this exquisitely in her memoir "Giving Up the Ghost": "Children are never simply themselves, coextensive with their own bodies, becoming alive to us when they turn in the womb, or with their first unaided breath. Their lives start long before birth, long before conception, and if they are aborted or miscarried or simply fail to materialize at all, they become ghosts within our lives."


And she goes on to say,: "Yet the choice to end a pregnancy can also involve saying goodbye to a baby that was loved, but came at the wrong time, or would have struggled enormously to have lived without distress in the world or may even have died at birth, or soon after. I have yet to talk to a woman who hasn't thought long, and hard, about choosing an abortion. Nor have I talked to a woman who hasn't thought long and hard about how she feels after a miscarriage. Each and every time I listen to a woman's thinking about her pregnancy, I learn what it meant to her, and so, what her relationship to her unborn was. Any other view is none of my business to have."



You betcha!

And it is not the business of the Supreme Court to tell woman that their bodies are not their own!

Moreover, if the concern of all these 'conservative (hypocrites) are protecting children, then the atrocious immigration policy -- that not only puts children in conditions that kill many -- must be ended.

Let me be clear: AS ALL STUDIES SHOW, such chaosin a babies life-- as the brain is in crucial SOCIAL development --causes huge developmental and psychological problems later in life. ALWAYS!


If you claim. a "ball of cells" is a human life, then you should enforce laws that protect the lives of already birthed babies, and protect all children from such egregious conditions..

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