but didn't have any time while it was still strong in my mind. And I'll say this now: it's not for some judge sitting in a court to tell any parents that they must take care of a child.
Yes, we need law makers and enforcers but that is to create and conserve a better social situation. I cannot think that forcing parents to unwillingly give birth to a child they do not want is in any way furthering this aim.
All these tests we have these days, these blood tests and scans and whathaveyous during ones pregnancy, it's all to monitor the foetal growth so you have some idea of what's ahead. Well, I think if you are made to test for congenital diseases, you should also be given the right to decide whether to have that child or not.
I faced that option every night for several months while I thought I had a problem pregnancy and honestly, I cannot say I would have made a good mother to a child with special needs. But yes, I would rather give birth and try to give that child of mine the best life I could. If a parent does not feel this -- and I don't think it's unnatural -- then it is wrong to force her/him to have such a baby. It's not the same as giving birth and then finding out that your baby has a problem. In this case the parents were not just unwilling, but determined enough to move court over this. Why force this child into the world?
Just as I do not believe anybody but the parents should decide on an MTP (Medically Terminated Pregnancy) I also do not think anybody but the parents can actually decide to go ahead with a potentially dangerous pregnancy. Dangerous for the marriage, for the couple's financial stability, mental states.
I'm very clear on this. I would have kept the child, but I do not like the idea of living in a society where I would have been forced to keep such a child willy nilly. I find I always do things better when I'm not being forced to do them.