After the birth of her second child, in the wake of severe post partum depression, a young woman in her twenties was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She spent most the next decade in the mental institution, but two years into her commitment, on a short visit home, she and her husband conceived another child.
Since there was no way that she or her husband was going to be able to care for this child, should he have been aborted?
That woman was my mother. The child was me.
Seven years into her commitment, my mom was raped in the hospital and conceived child number four.
Should that child have been aborted?
That child was my half-sister.
If my sister and I had been aborted, our 25 amazing, wonderful children and grandchildren would not exist.
You see, when you exterminate a helpless child, for any reason at all, you exterminate posterity too.