From the Associated Press:
The pregnant woman showed up at the medical center in flip-flops and in tears, after walking there to save bus fare.
Her boyfriend had lost his job, she told her doctor in Oakland, Calif., and now _ fearing harder times for her family _ she wanted to abort what would have been her fourth child.
“This was a desired pregnancy _ she’d been getting prenatal care _ but they re-evaluated expenses and decided not to continue,” said Dr. Pratima Gupta. “When I was doing the options counseling, she interrupted me halfway through, crying, and said, `Dr. Gupta, I just walked here for an hour. I’m sure of my decision.'”
Other doctors are hearing similarly wrenching tales. For many Americans, the recession is affecting their most intimate decisions about sex and family planning. Doctors and clinics are reporting that many women are choosing abortions and men are having vasectomies because they cannot afford a child.
I am so grieved over this that I don’t even know what to say. How can this be happening? Maranatha.
Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; The fruit of the womb is a reward.