It is my sincere hope that you never need to read this. If you are walking with a friend who is facing an unplanned pregnancy and trying to communicate truth to her heart, I pray that she chooses life for her baby. Everything in me longs for the day when all pre-born children are safe and our culture sees abortion for what it truly is: an unthinkable act of violence.
I was not expecting to be emotional during my usual Friday morning lecture. Most of the time the class is interesting, and I am more often reaching into my backpack for another pen to take notes rather than a Kleenex pack to dab my cheeks. Instead of a lesson on pathophysiological disorders of pregnancy or neonatal assessment, our professor spoke on the sensitive topic of perinatal loss.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared October as National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. He was driven by the void of acknowledgement in our society when a baby passes away: