A Life-Saving Poem
In 1993, Dr. Wanda Franz, president of the National Right to Life Committee read a poem on NRLC’s radio program, “Pro-Life Perspectives” that had first appeared in our own The Post-Abortion Review, Summer 1993. In a print ad for “Pro-Life Perspectives” NRLC reports receiving the following letter in response to the poem.
When I first heard the poem I was only 15 years old and pregnant with my first child. While I listened to this poem, I started crying because I had been considering abortion, and after the poem I couldn’t believe I could consider such a thing.
A Mother’s Anguish
I long to hold you in my arms, to see your precious baby charms.
Though I know it will never be, your sweet child face I yearn to see.
Your fate was sealed so long ago, I made the “choice” to let you go.
You’re with God and I am here, but one day we’ll meet and I’ll draw you near.
I’ll hold you close and hear you say, “Mama I love you . . . anyway.”
— Jeanene Clarke
Originally published in The Post-Abortion Review 1(2) Summer 1993.