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A Life-Saving Poem

In 1993, Dr. Wanda Franz, president of the National Right to Life Committee read a poem on NRLC's radio program, "Pro-Life Perspectives" that had first appeared in our own The Post-Abortion Review, Summer 1993. In a print ad for "Pro-Life Perspectives" NRLC reports receiving the following letter in response to the poem.

When I first heard the poem I was only 15 years old and pregnant with my first child. While I listened to this poem, I started crying because I had been considering abortion, and after the poem I couldn't believe I could consider such a thing.
 

                A Mother's Anguish

                I long to hold you
                in my arms,
                to see your precious
                baby charms.

                Though I know
                it will never be,
                your sweet child face
                I yearn to see.

                Your fate was sealed
                so long ago,
                I made the "choice"
                to let you go.

                You're with God
                and I am here,
                but one day we'll meet
                and I'll draw you near.

                I'll hold you close
                and hear you say,
                "Mama I love you . . .
                anyway."

                --  Jeanene Clarke



Originally published in The PostAbortion Review 1(2) Summer 1993.



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