The choice of abortion
A couple, who were both 20, were in college when they found out they were pregnant. Now this was a definite unplanned pregnancy and they had a tough choice to make. Do they keep the baby and sacrifice the woman’s education or do they have an abortion? They chose to keep the baby and 9 months later their baby girl was born. Now why is that decision so important? Because if they had chosen abortion I would not be here today…
While on my search for this truth I have realized that I would prefer it to be that education is more important and that I could make that choice to sacrifice my child to make it through college and medical school. College is a very important part of life in my opinion and I don’t think I could finish college or medical school while trying to take care of a baby. But I don’t think I could make that choice. This makes me think that maybe I realized how hard it would be to actually make the choice so I chose to accept the truth I ...view middle of the document...
There are many examples in the things we have read that have made me realize that sometimes our own mind doesn’t even let itself think something. We don’t think about certain things just to protect ourselves from the real truth that we are too afraid to realize.
As of right now though I have changed my truth. I believe I would choose to keep my baby and not get an abortion if I were to have an unplanned pregnancy during college or medical school. I just couldn’t live with the fact that I killed my own baby and always wondering what they would have been like if I had chosen to have them. Would they look more like me or more like their dad? Could they have been the one to find a cure for AIDS? So many questions and I would never have a way to find them out. It’s too much to think about. I also have an amazing boyfriend and I think we would be able to make it work if we were to keep an unplanned baby.
My personal quest for the truth has shown me that the nature of truth is to be constantly in question. There is not just one truth there which is why the search for any truth is hard for everyone. There are so many different factors that add to your search and even then you have to figure out what of those are truths in themselves. I think the whole point of searching for a truth is more about the search than finding the actual truth. As you search for your own truths you start to really think about things and that thought process is the most important part. Some people think that if they find their personal truth than that should be the truth everyone lives by. There is not just one truth that we should all have to live by. Just like how Tim O’Brien leaves In the Lake of the Woods with no one certain truth. He shows you that thinking about all the possibilities is more important that actually knowing how it ends.
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