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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My letter writing campaign

When Jenna was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, I had to make the hardest decision of my life. I had to decide whether to end the pregnancy early or carry to term. I wanted to spare her a life of pain, but how could I end the life of much-wanted, much-loved child?

When I made my decision to end the pregnancy early, I likened it to turning off the life support on a brain-dead child. My body was Jenna's life support, and by ending the pregnancy, I was turning it off and giving her a chance to die with dignity and not suffer. However, as all of my long-time readers know, I wasn't able to terminate due to state law.

I've been reading up on the laws in Tennessee. They are absolutely horrid when it comes to a woman's right to choose. The law states that all abortions in the second trimester be done in a hospital, but the law also states that doctors and hospitals can refuse to perform them. How is it right for a hospital to deny me treatment that I want and feel I need? The law about hospitals and doctors doesn't even offer an exemption in the life of the mother. What about in the case of pre-eclampsia at 20 weeks? Would the woman have to die because a hospital refuses to take the baby?

These laws have to be changed. They absolutely can not stay as they are written. An exception has to be added to the state laws for the cases of a fatal pre-natal diagnosis, rape or incest and the health of the mother. I believe all women should have the right to choose, but these special circumstances should be the exceptions for these laws.

According to the NARAL Pro-Choice Web site, Tennessee ranks a dismal D+ in reproductive rights for women. That has to change, for you, for me, for our daughters and for all those sick unborn babies who will have to suffer if they are brought to term.

So, I am starting a letter writing campaign. I found out that our state representative is Democrat, however, he is also pro-life and so is the Republican candidate. Most of our state leaders are pro-life. It's going to be a hard road to go, but I have to do it. This will be Jenna's legacy.


Beth said...

I totally agree with you. Why are people okay with cutting off life support for an elderly person but not okay with saving a baby from going through the same kind of pain? Good luck!

Hollie said...

I 100% agree with you! I'm so glad you're doing this, and I bet Jenna is so incredibly proud of you!

Ashleigh said...

I am behind and beside you 110%! As you well know, I'm in TN, and will be honored to support Jenna's legacy by writing whomever I can to ensure this ends!

Love always, Ashleigh