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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Life (06/15/06)

TITLE: The Children Who Never Live
By Carrie Sund
06/16/06


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I sit here in the clinic waiting room; I am sickened by the chatter around me. It seems as though I have amplified hearing and I can not block their words from my mind. I feel sick t my stomach and my whole body is becoming tense. My heart is racing and anger starts to take over, but I am reminded of my sweet wife so I unclench my fists. I try to relax for her sake and pray she will make it through this time of loss.

This would have been our first child, we were so full of anticipation and dreams, but they all died in the doctors’ office today. Test after test was run and finally they came back to us saying “I’m sorry but there is not heartbeat.”

We were sent to a clinic to remove the body of our child; they took my wife away and left me here to wait for awhile. It all feels so cold and impersonal; I just can’t believe this is happening to us. On top of all that the women in here are making me sick, discussing why they are choosing to have an abortion.

The first woman says “I already have three kids; I don’t need a fourth one”

The woman next to here replies “This is my second time here I just can’t handle the financial burden”

The last woman says “I just don’t want children”

Then I wonder how many men like me are made to sit here and listen to all the women who choose to end the life of their own children. I wonder what kind of retribution is in store for them if they never repent of their sins. I wonder why this happened to us when we actually want a child. I feel like screaming at them but instead I decide to say a prayer for my wife and the soul of our child. I also pray for the souls of the children in this room who will go to their maker before their designated day. I also pray that someday I will be able to put aside my anger and pray for the women in the waiting room as well.


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Sherry Wendling06/23/06
Wow, I'm in tears. Excellent, gut-level writing, deeply moving! Your grief and anger bring home the issue rather than merely politicize it. I pray this piece will find a wide audience! Blessings on you.
Dave Strout06/24/06
If this writing was not a life experince for you, it could have not have been stated any clearer.I believe that it was, and has effected your life greatly. Thanks.
Virginia Gorg06/26/06
Woman who have had abortions live with the pain the rest of their life .. This is a well done, heartbreaking article. Two extremes in the clinic - wanted vs unwanted. Thanks for writing