In recent facebook discussions, I have been surprised by the number of people who argue that "unwanted babies (in the womb) become abused/neglected children." There is just no evidence to support this. In fact, research shows that "Compared to women with no history of induced abortion, those with one prior abortion were found to have a 144% increased risk of engaging in child maltreatment."
While this claim is incorrect, there are pro life advocates who do have histories of abuse. One such person is Bob Brewer.
Read Bob's story here.
I am a 22 year old male from NSW. My parents were unmarried when they conceived me, they were extremely poor and essentially unable to look after me. Virtually uneducated, my dad was officially a truck driver, but received very little income, and was also partly disabled. They had many other problems but had me (and over the next few years, my brother and sister).
When I was born, I had a blood condition known as anaemia, I was in hospital for some time because of this.
After my sister was born, they split up, so my mum then became a single mother.
After numerous complaints to the NSW Dept Community Services we were removed from the care of mum when I was about 4 years of age - this was in my best interest. I was officially in foster care until I was 18 (though I'd been living on my own with support from DOCS from 16 y.o.).
My time in foster care was not overly pretty. I moved between 14 "families" in as many years, I was transferred to many schools, I was sexually abused when I was 10 years old and was bullied for most of my life (there were many other things that occurred as well).
Despite all the issues I faced and overcame growing up, I still feel very blessed that my parents at least gave me a chance at life. I have a world of opportunities available to me for the future, many of which I am working on achieving. I have some very amazing friends, who help me through a lot of issues that I still face today, but I do not regret being alive for a single day.
Because of my own life, the lives of my siblings, and the lives of many other people I've seen, who have overcome some extraordinary challenges during their lives, I am 100% pro-life. I do not believe that there is any justification for abortion. Every single child, no matter how bad their situation seems, has the ability to have a very fulfilling life, and it is not our decision to make, as to whether a child should live or die.