Pregnancy is a transformative time for both the mother and child. Journalist Georgi Boorman wrote a powerful article in The Federalist describing the moment when her unborn baby became real for her and her husband.
Boorman was amazed when at 20 weeks, she felt her daughter kick. Boorman admitted that she had kept her pregnancy relatively private; however, she felt compelled to share this development with her readers:
No, it’s not comfortable. No, it doesn’t feel ‘natural,’ not because it isn’t, but because there’s nothing I’ve felt quite like it. My husband told me our baby never felt more real than after she started kicking. The ultrasounds were beautiful, especially seeing her heartbeat. But it was still more conceptual at that point. When you feel her move, it’s like she’s saying, ‘I’m here! I’m real! I’ll be out in the world soon!’
Her baby’s kick changed Boorman’s perspective on the unborn child and abortion. She stated that although she always believed in the humanity of the unborn, now “it is beyond belief—it is knowing firsthand.”
“She’s been a real person from the beginning, although she doesn’t even have a name yet,” she explained. “But now that I feel her move, it’s as if her existence had been in black and white, and now I see it in color.”
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As a first-time mother experiencing all the nuances and changes of pregnancy, Boorman still saw the beauty of the miracle of life. She described her feelings towards pregnancy in her article: “I don’t have to love every minute of motherhood, but I embrace that it is motherhood, not a physical condition that can be cured with chemicals or surgery, should you choose. Pregnancy is no picnic for me, but I don’t treat her as unwanted, an inconvenience, an ailment to be remedied. It just means I look forward to her birth even more.”
The pro-life movement’s greatest champions are often mothers, as they have experienced the miracle of life in a unique way. Boorman’s experience with her unborn daughter isn’t the only one that has changed a mother’s mind about abortion. A British mother was considering abortion when her unborn child was diagnosed with a disability. But when she saw her baby give a thumbs up over an ultrasound screen, she knew that everything would be ok and chose life.
These stories remind us of the beauty of motherhood and the sanctity of life.