The Remainder of the Story

 By Judd Garrett 

East St. Louis, Illinois, 14-year-old Mary finds out she is pregnant by her 16-year-old boyfriend, Alfred. She and Alfred had been scared to dying. It was an inconceivable state of affairs. Neither had even graduated highschool. East St. Louis was a poverty-stricken metropolis, infested with medicine and crime. This baby rising inside Mary didn’t have an opportunity in life. Each argument for abortion simply utilized to Mary’s being pregnant. Each certainly one of life’s playing cards had been already stacked in opposition to him; born to a 14-year-old unwed mom, dwelling in poverty with medicine and crime throughout, his solely hope was a failing college system. Probably the most logical factor to do can be to finish the being pregnant, cease the lifetime of this baby simply because it was starting.

However this was 1959, 14 years earlier than the Supreme Court docket dominated on Roe v Wade, making abortion a protected proper on this nation. If this being pregnant had occurred after 1973, the sensible factor to do, the logical factor to do, can be for Mary to go to the native deliberate parenthood, and “take care” of her being pregnant so she might reside a “regular” life.

As an alternative, Mary and Alfred had the child, and confronted life as two scared teenage mother and father. Alfred Junior was born in January of 1960. Their household rallied across the younger couple, the mother and father and grandparents helped them out as they married and grew their household. Two years later Alfred’s sister Jacqueline, named after our first woman on the time, Jacqueline Kennedy, was born.

They lived a hard-scrabble life. They by no means had a lot of their residence apart from love and one another. They went to high school daily, and church each Sunday. They had been taught to keep away from the trimmings of the streets; medicine, alcohol, crime, however on the similar time, they had been solid by the streets. They had been taught toughness, competitiveness, self-sufficiency, survivor expertise. 

With their household not having very a lot cash, Alfred and Jackie acquired jobs working at the local people middle, to make some extra cash and to keep away from the streets. They spent their free time enjoying basketball and racing one another within the streets. They performed sports activities in highschool and ran on the observe group. They had been so poor that they’d to make use of the sand within the sandbox from the native playground as their touchdown pit once they practiced the lengthy bounce. However they did what they had been taught; work laborious, keep out of hassle, consider in God.

And 24 years after 14-year-old Mary introduced a younger boy into this world, her son, Alfred, was standing on a platform within the Los Angeles Coliseum, having an Olympic gold medal positioned round his neck as america nationwide anthem performed. A day later, Jacqueline, or Jackie as she was now identified, had a silver medal positioned round her neck. Jackie additionally went onto compete in three different Olympic video games, turning into one of the crucial embellished feminine Olympians in historical past, profitable three gold medals, a silver and two bronze. And Jackie was named the best feminine athlete of the twentieth century. 

The 2 kids born to teenage mother and father whose pregnancies can be the usual argument for abortion are Al Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, two legendary observe athletes, exemplary residents, and true position fashions. And now, lengthy after their observe careers are over, they’re nonetheless making a distinction in individuals’s lives. They’re again in East St. Louis, the place they grew up, rebuilding and revitalizing that metropolis, making it a a lot better place to reside for many who are born and raised there, like they’d been. They just lately opened the Jackie-Joyner Kersee middle. How a lot true human potential, and human greatness has been snuffed out by the hands of abortionists?

What the abortionist don’t perceive is that high quality of life can’t be measured on an excel spreadsheet the place are you tally up your property and debits to find out whether or not your life is worth it or not. These two individuals had been born and raised in a household of riches, not riches by America’s requirements, cash and shopper merchandise, they had been born and raised in a household full of love, and dedication, and devotion to one another, and a powerful religion in God. These are the riches that give kids an opportunity at a greater life, these are the issues that make life worthwhile, the issues that don’t price something, however are value every little thing. And people are the issues, greater than something is what’s misplaced within the abortion tradition, the place a toddler’s value is decided primarily based on how a lot cash or internet value or how massive of a home the kid will probably be born into. We worth kids, we decide whether or not their life is worth it primarily based on the meaningless, the nugatory issues on the earth. And we due to this fact make the kid simply as disposable as the patron items that we’re utilizing to find out their value. 

Whether or not Al Joyner or Jackie Joyner-Kersee ever received a medal within the Olympics or whether or not they ever even ran one race, their lives are inherently and infinitely invaluable similar to yours and mine are, similar to everybody who has ever lived, similar to each single one of many 60 million infants whose lives had been led to abortion since 1973. Al Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s lives had been invaluable and price defending not as a result of they had been going to win Olympic medals, not as a result of they’d go on to make thousands and thousands of {dollars}, not even as a result of they had been going to offer again a lot to the group, they grew up in. Their lives had been invaluable as a result of they’re human beings, human beings from the second of conception. And so they, like all unborn infants, had been value defending.


Judd Garrett is a graduate from Princeton College, and a former NFL participant, coach, and government. He has been a contributor to the web site Actual Clear Politics. He has just lately revealed his first novel, No Wind.

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