By SHARON BALDWIN | Ontario
I applaud Mike Gjefle for speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves and will never have the chance. I believe that in Mr. Gjefle’s life, he has had unstable events that were made bearable by the presence of his children and that he has helped countless people less fortunate than him.
While I certainly empathize with Ms. Woodward’s experiences working as a midwife, I would also ask her about the many blessings she has undoubtedly witnessed — possibly even with those described in her letter to the editor. Human life, in all its forms, is precious. Every child deserves a chance to live and make a difference in someone’s life. Perhaps we are placed in positions to aid others in their struggles, as a pastor, nurse midwife, or those of us reaching out a hand to raise another up.
My husband and I have been blessed with three children and eight grandchildren. But we had two miscarriages, too. I mourn the loss of those children. Someone said to me at that time that I didn’t want a child who wasn’t perfect. I replied that it wasn’t my choice. I knew that I loved them, regardless of their imperfections or how long they were with me.
One of the materially poorest people I have ever had the fortune to know, my dearly departed father- in-law, Bernard (Tom) Baldwin, used to say that a man had riches if he had children.