Change in perspective on abortion

While shopping at an outlet mall recently, I was reminded of our country’s raging debate on abortion while listening to the words of the popular 1976 song “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder. The song was playing through the store’s sound system.

As someone who was pro-choice and had participated in a spring 1989 march for abortion rights in Washington, D.C., I have a radically different perspective of the song now due a miraculous change in my viewpoint. As I listened to the song, I wondered what remarks a pro-choice person would make in response to the lyrics.

Isn’t she lovely, Isn’t she wonderful. (She’s just an accident.)

Isn’t she precious, Less than one minute old. (She’s just a mistake.)

I never thought through love we’d be, Making one as lovely as she. (I thought he loved me).

But isn’t she lovely made from love. (But I don’t want her).

Isn’t she pretty, Truly the angel’s best. (She’s just a fetus — not a person.)

Boy, I’m so happy, We have been heaven blessed. (This will ruin my life.)

I can’t believe what God has done, Through us he’s given life to one. (But I was raped.)

But isn’t she lovely made from love. (Doctor, can you please abort my baby.)

I am thankful that my mother did not abort her unwanted pregnancy, and that my “sister” found me when I was in my 40s. I pray that our country develops the burden and wherewithal to reduce, minimize and, ideally, eliminate the more than 600,000 unwanted pregnancies and abortions that occur annually.

JOHN VADNAL

Forest

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