by Robert Whitlow
Sandra is eighteen and pregnant. Her life as she has known it is over. It is 1974 and while Roe vs. Wade is making a splash in headlines a new option is legally open to young girls in such a predicament. Sandy faces one of the most important decisions that will ever confront her in life.
Every path in life leads to a fork in the road where decisions are required. Some decisions are unimportant and have very little impact on our lives. Many could potentially make a big difference. Each of our decisions have an outcome, sometimes good, sometimes bad. Sometimes we find ourselves in a quandary where the path to the left leads to a cliff, the path to the right ends at a pool of lava, and there is no easy choice. Every circumstance helps to form us into the people we become. This book explores how different choices can affect people differently, how each decision can influence circumstances. That it is important to stop and think about the different aspects that may arise from each possible consequence.
I’ve seen a few reviews that say this book seems geared more towards the pro-life stand. I don’t see it that way. The different characters have different opinions and take different sides to this debate. Abortion can be a very heated topic of discussion. It wouldn’t be very realistic if the characters didn’t voice their opinions. One may see it as the assorted characters being preachy, while I appreciated that instead of just spouting unqualified opinions, they were explaining why they held these opinions. Pro-choice does not mean that a woman will terminate a pregnancy. It merely means that women should have the right to choose. Just because a woman brings her baby to term, either to raise it herself or to give it up for adoption, does not mean that she IS pro-life. It only means that she chose life, and that she deserves the ability to make that decision.
*DISCLAIMER: I received this selection for Bookworm Wednesday free in exchange for this review. This is entirely my own opinion.