From the July/August, 2007 issue of Touchstone
Angels in the Wilderness by Gilbert Meilaender

Angels in the Wilderness

Letter to a Daughter About Giving Up a Child

Dear Hannah,

Yes, I can understand the question you raised when we were talking on the phone the other night. There is something frightening about bringing a child into the world, and I’m not sure we’d ever do it if nature didn’t just get the better of us. I’m afraid I didn’t do a very good job of replying on the spot to your comment, so I thought I’d try to organize my ideas better by putting them down on paper.

When taking up the topic of abortion in class over the years, I’ve often wondered: Why would a pregnant woman rather snuff out the life of her unborn child than . . .


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