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Honorable Mention: As a Result

October 13, 2018

In Iceland, close to 100 percent

of the babies who test positive

for Down’s syndrome in the womb are

aborted.”

 

Reading those words,

my heart stands still for a moment;

thankfully, for me, it is only a moment.

Others are not that

                                                lucky.

It chills me to know how close I was to death

before I was even born.

If I had been conceived

in a different mother’s womb,

maybe she would not have been so

                                                steadfast

when the test results came back

and the doctors said

                                                “positive.”

Maybe she would not have laughed

at the suggestion to

                                                terminate

the pregnancy.

Maybe she would not have given me

 the chance to simply

                                                live.

Which means that she would not have found out

that tests can be wrong sometimes -

but even if they hadn’t been, my life would still be

                                                meaningful.

 

 

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