Linking up with Jessica for What We're Reading Wednesday.
Since we're right in the middle of the 40 Days for Life Campaign, I thought I would share a book that I read recently and really enjoyed. It brings issues of unplanned teen pregnancy to the forefront.
After by Amy Efew is both heart-breaking and heart-warming. While it talks about unplanned pregnancy, it actually isn't about abortion. It is the story of a young, naive teen who gets pregnant and manages to hide that pregnancy from everyone...including and most importantly herself. She lives totally in denial until one day she finds herself giving birth alone...and then without even thinking...disposing of the newborn in a trash bag. When the baby is discovered (alive and safe) and Devon is discovered to be the mother, she is taken into juvenile custody and charges are filed against her. This is her story...the story of what happens after she is taken into custody, the story of how she comes to terms with what she did, what lead up to that fateful day, and how she finally shows remorse and finds forgiveness. It is an important book for anyone interested in the issues of newborn abandonment and murder.
While it isn't a pro-life book, and I have no idea about the author's personal views on abortion, I feel it has a very pro-life message. It seems only logical that a society which views the unborn as disposable, would view the newly born in the same way. The issue of newborn abandonment is a real one...and one which is very likely linked to the issue of abortion.