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LETTERS IN VIEW : Story of 'One Teen's Abortion' Elicits Plea to 'Value Life'

February 24, 1993

Robin Abcarian's "Marathon of Waiting" triggered memories of my involvement with a friend faced with an unwanted pregnancy.

A poor mother of two, often sick, she said the (expected) baby was "no good" because of medication she had been taking. Her panicked husband claimed it wasn't his and angrily demanded drastic action. The mess left me heartsick and speechless. So I held my friend and cried with her. Then I prayed and helped her to wait on the Lord in childlike trust.

A healthy baby was born, the spitting image of guess who. I quit a volunteer position and spent one day a week instead with my friend and her brood. I drove them to the ocean, the museum, the zoo and my home.

The "no-good baby" is now a 9-year-old charmer. Twelve years of caring for a family still poor and crisis-prone have taken their toll on me. But I don't sigh much over the system.

VRENI SCHIESS

Granada Hills

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