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Have Your Views on Abortion Changed Since Becoming a Parent?

It’s been 39 years since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, and the topic of abortion still sparks debate on all sides.

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics.

This week’s Moms Talk relates to changing views on abortion:

This week marks the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Roe v. Wade, which affirms a woman’s right to choose. The White House issued the following statement from President Barack Obama about the landmark decision.

“As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue- no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.  And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

That’s what our government says about a woman’s right to choose. But now we want to know what you think:

Have your views on abortion changed since you became a parent?

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.
  • Jennifer Willenbrock of Nazareth is mom to two beautiful daughters, ages 5 and 6 weeks. She was previously employed by Catholic Charities, where she worked in a girl’s group home in Philipsburg, N.J.  

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Mary Anne Looby February 03, 2012 at 04:53 PM
@LM having had two miscarriges, one first trimester, second,second trimester, I have never been given any option by a hospital or by my church. I too know people who have had funerals for their still born children. I do not see miscarriges and still born in the same catagory. @Rosemary, that is a crock! Any parent who belives that they were in fact carrying a living human life would not give a damn about the expense of a funeral. First and formost, there is a Funeral Home, right here it the good old Lehigh Valley who will handle the death of a child FOR FREE and hospitals are aware of it. Seperate and appart from that, a service in your church should cost nothing in this case, and almost every other funeral home will let you use a casket, assuming you are going to creamate. If you are going to have a burial, then yes, you would have to purchase a casket and have a grave site and incure all the expenses that go with doing that. If I believed as you do, I would not care if I had to beg, borrow or steal to give my child a proper funeral. You on the other hand seem to think it is not a problem to throw this living human being, as you believe it is, out with the rest of the hospital medical waste.
Mary Anne Looby February 03, 2012 at 04:57 PM
@Rosemary, you are right, science has nothing to do with funerals, burials, etc.
Rosemary B February 03, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I've never miscarried so I did not know these details or had to think much about how the remains are handled . I am sorry for your losses that led you to having this knowledge. I was just assuming costs would be the same as with other funerals and burials. I still think it is a social custom thing and has nothing to do with the science of whether life begins at conception or not.
Rosemary B February 03, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Sorry if this offended anyone. I can just see how people of minimal means might have to make tough financial choices and might have to choose to spend limited dollars on the living.
Lisa Amey February 06, 2012 at 07:54 PM
My views on abortion have not changed since being a parent. However, my depth and breadth of tolerance and understanding regarding both sides of the issue has grown exponentially since becoming a mommy nine years ago.

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