From Karl Schlegel on Jan. 22

On Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 3:28 PM Karl Schlegel <> wrote:

At this time of year, when we remember the Supreme Court Roe versus Wade decision, I often wonder what would have happened if I was in my mother’s womb in 1994 instead of in 1949.

In 1949 I was born with ACM (Arthrogryposis Congenital Multiple). In 1949 abortion was illegal. However, if the social mores of 1949 were the same as 1994, could my mother have been pressured to have an abortion? After all, at the time of my birth, my life expectancy was only 5 to 10 years. Of course, today at the age of 71, I have totally exceeded my projected life expectancy, and I am incredibly happy that I was born.

But it is not simply about me. Today at 71, I am the father of six children and nine grandchildren. Had I not been born, 15 people besides myself, would not have had the opportunity to experience the joys of life.Think about that the next time you go to church. Look around, see all the empty seats, and think about all the people that you never had the opportunity to meet. And if you know any of my children or grandchildren, and you enjoy their company or their friendship, would your life have been diminished, had their father or grandfather been aborted?
Karl Schlegel

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