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In her Jan. 28 "My View" column, Cynthia Fahey eloquently and movingly described the precious few days she spent with her newborn daughter, born without a brain due to anencephaly. I admire the courage it must have taken to proceed with that birth, knowing the child was destined to live for a few days at most. That this doomed little girl was able to touch so many lives is a tribute to her parents as well as to herself.

Fahey wrote, "We felt our daughter's life wasn't our choice, it was up to God and his will for her." But of course, it was their choice -- a choice based upon a solid religious faith, and there can be no question it was the right choice for them.

It saddens me that Fahey seeks to take away from others the possibility of making their own decisions in such tragic circumstances, and instead seeks to impose her religious convictions on women who might not share them.

I could not condemn a woman who decided to have an abortion when confronted with the appalling news that her child would have no brain and no chance to live for more than a few days. She alone should have the right to decide what to do in that terrible situation, based upon her beliefs, her life and her circumstances.

Fahey's story is powerful in part because she and her husband bravely chose to give birth to their daughter, and I salute them for that and for their strength. However, forcing a woman to follow this same path regardless of her own desires would make a terrible situation far worse.


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