Before I begin, can I just say I’m a staunch Catholic. I believe in the holy trinity, apostle’s and nicene creed, in the fact that Mary should be honoured based on her part played in our redemption amongst others. Last Sunday, the sermon included some sensitive topics but the one I’m most concerned about is Abortion.
Jesse was barely 17 when the most shocking happened to her. She was the first child of her family, a very pious one must I add. She was your average student, doing the best one possibly could in the competitive school she attended. She had to be an example to her siblings so she was as behaved as she could, in the eyes of older people though, kept good friends and most importantly never got caught.
She was studying for her final exams and since she needed to do her very best, she decided to take extra lessons. Now she had loads of friends who also attended said lessons so the walk back home was never lonely. The lessons carried on and as the final exams came closer, tests were routinely given to attendees of the lesson. She read all she could but I mean, ‘all work and no play, makes Jesse a dull girl’, so she still found time to hang out with her friends every once in a while.
On a particular day, she decided to skip lessons entirely for the day, I mean there had been a test two days before so she figured nothing important was going to happen. She had a blast! Her friends were able to download the latest episodes of shows she had missed so she indulged herself. The next day at the lesson, she found out she had missed a test that held the previous day and proceeded to plead with her teacher to let her resit it. She was a good enough student so the teacher agreed. The test took place after the lesson for the day. Her friends obviously couldn’t wait and by the time she was done, the sun had already set.
She began her journey home. Not wanting to take much time, she used a shorter but dingy route. She had earphones on to keep her company so she had no idea someone was walking behind her. By the time she decided to look back just incase she wasn’t alone, it was too late cause the person was less than 2 feet away from her and held a knife to her back. He asked her not to scream and of course she agreed. He then began to raise up her dress and before she could think of what to do, he had his way with her. He ran away once he was done and she just lay there crying. She called her closest friend who got to her in minutes. Her friend helped her get home and stayed with her till Jesse’s parents returned.
The parents were so angry that their daughter had been violated. They went on about how he would pay and how they promised to keep her and her siblings safer. Jesse never really got over it, the morning of her first exam, about 3 weeks after the incident, she fell ill….
It turned out Jesse had gotten pregnant. The entire family was angry and sad, understandably so. Jesse begged her parents to let her abort the baby but they refused, talking about how the baby would possibly be the only good thing to come out of the rape and also how it was wrong and immoral to get an abortion. Jesse said she could never love the child and what good was a child with a loveless mother and a rapist for a father. Her pleas fell on deaf ears and knowing their daughter, they took turns ensuring she didn’t get the chance to run away and get said abortion.
The entire 9 months was a hassle, the hospital basically became her home from the 8th month as there were always complications. On the day of the delivery, Jesse told her parents she would never forgive them for making her have the baby. They told her she would forgive them once she held the child in her hands. She wept while being taken to the delivery room and as she gave her last push, she did her last breathe as well and worse still, the child was a stillborn.
So much for keeping Jesse safe!
One cannot say if the child would have found the cure for cancer or been the next Hitler but that’s the thing with uncertainty, it gives false hope especially for people trying to justify actions.
When people get abortions, it’s normally not because they are evil people, it’s cause that’s the only visible option for them. Take Jesse, she was raped and believed she would have nothing but hate for the child and atlas, it brought her death. Or a girl who with little or no sex education, has sex and finds out she’s pregnant, knowing her parents she sorts for the dodgiest of doctors since abortion is illegal and immoral, ends up with a ruined womb or even worse, dead. People should be given the choice of all options especially when it’s deserved. Would one rather a child is born to a mother who hates it and cannot provide for it?
I know it’s very sensitive and all but it’s something that should be talked about as it happens. I do not agree with this but you cannot hang a woman for leaving her child for animals to feed on if you didn’t give her the option to have never had the child. People need to know it’s a viable option as I believe it should be.
In the end, this is just my opinion, what do you think?