The Word Among Us

Advent 2019 Issue

Unburdened: Why I Am Pro-Life

The healing that comes from a child’s birth.

By: Michael Rivera

Unburdened: Why I Am Pro-Life: The healing that comes from a child’s birth. by Michael Rivera

My daughter is now thirty-six years old, but in 1998, when she was fifteen, she became pregnant. Both my wife and I felt blindsided. We were still working, and abortion was legal; it would cost just $250. That was a small price to pay for the years of hardship we all could avoid—or so we thought.

I hadn’t given much thought to abortion before then. I didn’t know what to do in this situation. No one had ever educated me about being...

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