This is the version of pregnancy anti-choicers see. Even if they themselves do not experience the soft focus joy the picture alludes to, they would never admit to it. They certainly do not want to hear that for many the experience of pregnancy is a horror.
Anyone who could still adhere to the idea that all pregnancies are gifts and all abortions are wrong after reading the following story has no sense of decency or humanity.
An 11-year-old primary school pupil who was raped last year but kept her ordeal a secret until a month ago, has given birth to a baby boy.
The baby was born in Tygerberg Hospital on Thursday.
The family of the the girl, who lives in Bishop Lavis, have decided to give up the boy for adoption.
Approached for comment, a prominent medical doctor, Yusuf Noor, said it was “very traumatic. It will stay with her for the rest of her life”.
“Depending on the size of her pelvis, womb and other parts of her body, she may not be able to give birth normally again and she may have complications.
“However, it depends on the treatment given to her before the birth by a gynaecologist.
“The greatest problem will be a psychological one. It is very traumatic to give birth at that age,” Noor said.
Her grandmother said: “I hope the counselling programme and sessions are completed before she is summoned to testify in court.”
The 48-year-old security officer who will appear in court today is a former neighbour and a family friend