|Katie and Tyler|
To that, I say: not compared to Katie Farrell, I'm not.
Katie and I were the same age; in fact, she was born very close to my due date. (I arrived three weeks late.) In 2010, at the age of 21, she became pregnant. Despite tremendous pressures, she chose life for her son Tyler. Not only that, she enrolled in a community college to further her education and create a brighter future for herself and her baby.
Tragically, in March of 2012, Katie was murdered. Her killer, an ex-boyfriend with serious mental health issues, subsequently committed suicide.
Katie's mother, who follows Secular Pro-Life on facebook, reached out to us. She invited Secular Pro-Life to share Katie's essay on abortion, which she wrote for a college English class just a month before she died.
And so I leave you with Katie's story, in her own words:
I got pregnant at 21, unwed, young, and with a minimum-wage paying job. All my options were laid out in front of me, messily, like an opened bag of bird seed scattered out onto the bare ground. To keep, adopt, or abort. I knew abortion wasn't the choice for me, but like adoption, the choice crossed my mind. Abortion would have been the easiest route; I could've gotten rid of my son like he was just an insignificant flu symptom. I had health professionals insisting I have an abortion and that raising my child was simply something I couldn't do at this point of time. Abortion was convenient, but I rejected the idea. I had no support, but I stood my ground to keep and raise my child; I chose to continue my baby's life, what I believe he should inevitably have the right to. Abortion is chosen everyday by women, unwed and even younger than I, with health professionals everywhere promoting this idea that abortion should be used as a form of birth control. You made the "mistake", now let's abort the "consequence", is what I hear when these professionals are telling confused women that abortion is the most logical choice. I don't believe getting pregnant with my son was a mistake; it may have been unplanned, but that is no reason for me to kill the unborn child growing inside me that I had yet to meet.