Earlier this week a woman with cancer declared she would be ending her own life in order to avoid a painful death. Her decision to go public sparked national debate. Another woman has now declared she will be having an abortion next Friday and wrote a letter to the 'little life' she won’t get to meet. Her 'choice' is being applauded on social media...but is it right? Glenn reacted on radio today with a story of how his life was changed because a woman in a similar position made a different choice with his adopted son Raphe.
TheBlaze reported on this story Friday morning, which sees an anonymous Reddit user with the name "scaredthrowingaway" write an open letter to her unborn child.
I can feel you in there. I've got twice the appetite and half the energy. It breaks my heart that I don't feel the enchantment that I'm supposed to feel. I am both sorry and not sorry.
I am sorry that this is goodbye. I'm sad that I'll never get to meet you. You could have your father's eyes and my nose and we could make our own traditions, be a family. But, Little Thing, we will meet again. I promise that the next time I see that little blue plus, the next time you are in the same reality as me, I will be ready for you.
Little Thing, I want you to be happy. More than I want good things for myself, I want the best things for the future. That's why I can't be your mother right now. I am still growing myself. It wouldn't be fair to bring a new life into a world where I am still haunted by ghosts of the life I've lived. I want you to have all the things I didn't have when I was a child. I want you to be better than I ever was and more magnificent than I ever could be. I can't do to you what was done to me: Plant a seed made of love and spontaneity into a garden, and hope that it will grow on only dreams. Love and spontaneity are beautiful, but they have little merit. And while I have plenty of dreams to go around, dreams are not an effective enough tool for you to build a better tomorrow. I can't bring you here. Not like this.
I love you, Little Thing, and I wish the circumstances were different. I promise I will see you again, and next time, you can call me Mom.
"I guess the Reddit community is supporting her. And I guess -- I guess in a way, so am I. I'm supporting her because she's so deeply screwed up. And obviously haunted by something in her life, because she doesn't understand forgiveness, self-forgiveness. she doesn't understand that all of that stuff can be washed away. All of that stuff doesn't have to be that way," Glenn said.
"This year I've been thinking of all of the things that I have missed as a dad," Glenn said.
"And the reason why I tell you this story is because there have been a lot of things in my life that I've had to really work at forgiving myself and accepting forgiveness on. It's one of the reasons why I drank, is you try to forget all the things that you've done and all the mistakes you've made and all the opportunities that you have missed. And all of the lies that you've been told over and over again, all the lies. And the lies you told yourself."
"And I found myself here recently kind of going down that path again of dragging on and hanging on to the past. The Jacob Marley Chains, if you will. All the regrets, all of the mistakes. And I realized, wow, if you don't work that forgiveness every day, you don't make it. You have to -- because you're gonna keep adding and you have to keep working it over and over and over again."
"This girl has clearly not been able to find that in the first place. It's a hard thing. So I feel sorry for her."
"But let me just say this: I feel sorry and not. I feel sorry because she's so misguided and not because it's not her right to kill that child. That child was brought into this world for a reason. " [emphasis added]
"Raphe is adopted. My only son, and he is as much my son as any of my daughters or my daughters. Brought into the world by a young girl who was lost herself. But did the right thing and knew -- knew 10 years ago, 'I can't raise -- I can't raise him. It's not right. But it's also not right to kill him.' And did the bravest, most heroic thing ever. We are so selfish, and if this letter is even real, if she does exist and this is not just some hoax, how selfish she is."
"What a great gift and if it's not a gift that you can take, believe me, there are millions of Americans that are praying for that gift."