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An Adoption Story

Let's Throw Her In The Trash!

"Let's throw Julie in the trash!" my 6-year old son whispered to me while giving his 3 -year old sister a dirty look. "Vincent, what a terrible thing to say!" I retorted. "I know you're angry at Julie right now, but you should never say things like that!,' "What? What did he say?" Julie asked. I certainly was not going to tell her, but before I could say anything Vincent spoke up with a snarl, "I said 'let's throw Julie in the trash' ha ha ha!" Julie broke into a smile and started laughing. Well, at least she wasn't upset, I thought. Vincent started laughing too and they both began joking about throwing each other in the trash. I rolled my eyes and gathered up our wastebaskets. It was the day to put the trash out on the curb.

As I walked into my bedroom, I suddenly stopped and gasped. "Let's throw Julie in the trash." The words echoed in my mind. Tears welled up in my eyes as I realized the significance of Vincent's words. My precious 3-year-old daughter was almost thrown in the trash! Like the pictures of the pre born children discarded like waste in a trash can, my Julie almost suffered the same fate.

When Julie's birth mother was pregnant, she did what so many people believe is the normal course of action for one in her situation. She was in high school; the birth father had no interest in becoming a father; she was completely unprepared to raise a child. So she made an appointment at an abortion clinic. Her problem would soon be over, she thought, and she could get on with her life.

As the date approached, she was still determined to go through with the abortion. However, through the gentle but honest persuasion of a young pro-life woman who happened to work with her mother, the truth began to emerge that would soon cause a change of mind. When she realized that the abortion not only might not be the end of her problems, but also could actually pose health risks that could even lead to sterilization, she decided, at the last minutes not to go through with it. What if she could never have a baby again? The thought was too much to bear. She decided adoption was the only option for her.

Little Julie was born on my birthday. Her birth mother had met us and chose us to be her parents. Could she ever know what a tremendous birthday present she gave me? Does she realize what a gift Julie is to our whole extended family, our friends, our neighbors? Julie's laughter and smiles, her cute and smart little conversations, her beautiful face - how blessed we all are to have her. How many people will be blessed because Julie is here?

On our last birthday, I found myself paying bills at 11:00 p.m. The house was quiet and still. I wrote a check to donate money to a pro-life organization. I decided to include a short note, "This donation is in honor of our daughter, Julie, whose third birthday is today. She almost didn't make it into the world and into our family.. Her birth mother had scheduled an abortion. Thank God she changed her mind and I have my wonderful daughter. God bless your work."

I sealed up the envelope, put on a return label and a stamp and put it aside to be mailed with the bills the next day. Then I walked quietly into Julie's room, I knelt down beside her bed. The night-light glowed softly on her face. She looked so beautiful, like an angel. I began to sob and my heart was full with deep gratitude that Julie was alive, that she was here, that she was my precious daughter.

Now, whenever I take out the trash, I think about Vincent's remark. It reminds me to pray for other babies and their mothers caught in the same situation. How beautiful, unique, and special our children are. No child should ever be thrown in the trash!

Lori Ramirez

Lori is a member of the Board of Directors of Central Illinois Right to Life, Inc. She is available for speaking engagements on the subject of adoption and Pro Life issues.

Click Here To Read About Vincent's Adoption

Email Lori at:   cirtl@cirtl.org

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