Just wait. When clear moral choices become emotional quagmires. Of course, the woman’s moral clarity–if she ever had it–was lost before she came to this decision. The child was already the result of having sex with someone to whom she was not married. Someone said it: ethics is only complicated to the man who has lost his morals [anyone know to whom I should attribute that quote?]. Oh, but the moral arrogance still exists:
While I have no doubt there can be joys and victories in raising a mentally handicapped child, for me and for Mike, it’s a painful journey that we believe is better not taken. To know now that our son would be retarded, perhaps profoundly, gives us the choice of not continuing the pregnancy. We don’t want a life like that for our child, and the added worry that we wouldn’t be around long enough to care for him throughout his life. … As for that baby that will never be, I will remember him always. But I’m quite certain that I made the right choice for the three of us.
Personally, I like Chesterton’s “advice”: “Let all the babies be born. Then let us drown those we do not like.” – Babies and Distributism, GK’s Weekly, 11/12/32
[No particular reason for the hat-trick of abortion-related posts, but it does seem that much of the infamy of our present society stems from the liquidation of the next generations.]