A registered nurse’s open letter to miscarried and aborted babies she “never got to meet” is gaining attention — and praise — in pro-life circles.
The nurse, who is going by the name “Emily” to protect her identity, is certified in ultrasound technology and works at Human Coalition Raleigh, a pro-life clinic. Emily told Live Action News she penned the open letter in an effort to cope with the difficulties of her job, as she is routinely tasked with showing women, via sonogram, the unborn life growing inside of them.
But not all of those babies are carried to term, with some women opting for abortions; others suffer miscarriages. Either way, Emily said she can’t shake the images from her mind.
“I carry those images in my head forever,” she said, noting her grief. “I needed to find a way to express why I was grieving for someone who wasn’t even mine.”
That letter opens with an address “to the Children I never got to meet,” with Emily diving into brief descriptions of what she regularly sees on the ultrasound screen.
“Some of you weren’t much more than a flicker of a heartbeat. Some of you were trying to suck your fingers with varying degrees of success,” she wrote. “Some of you were sleeping. Others were doing somersaults and wiggling non-stop, stretching and pushing on the new restraints of your surroundings. Some of you waved for the camera while others turned your backs or covered your faces with your hands.”
From there, she said that she isn’t sure whether these children have any memory of their brief time in the womb, but that she hopes they don’t, considering how their stories ended.
“Whether it was six weeks or five months, you were here, you existed. You made your mom and dad parents, for the first time or the fifth,” Emily wrote. “Each tiny hand, each tiny face, each kick you tried, each bubble you blew happened and was not erased when you left.”
She continued, “Thank you for showing me the wonder of your Creator by doing what you were created to do for those few weeks or months. I wish we could have met in person and someday I believe we still will. Just not here.”
Emily went on to ask for forgiveness for not having the power to “stop what happened…after the pictures.” She then signed the letter “the nurse who saw you on ultrasound.”
In a follow-up interview with Live Action News, Emily said she’s able to keep doing her job due to the fact that she knows her organization — despite seeing some losses — is able to routinely save lives.
“Ultimately, I go back to work because I believe God created me to do this for this time and in this place,” she said. “It’s worth the grief because for every baby lost, we get the news of a baby who is going to live.”
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