Letter to the Editor

Forms of creation

San Luis ObispoAugust 14, 2013 

I read Kathleen Parker’s opinion piece Aug. 7, finding it very interesting. I am a childless mother, by choice, and a poet, also by choice. My first book of poetry, published in 1990, is titled “Childless Mother” (the title of the opening poem). I’m 76 years old, living alone, and have never regretted my decision.

I was a little curious, however, about Parker’s reference to Michelangelo’s mother: “Would we have had Michelangelo if abortion had been available to his mother?” What does that have to do with the point she’s making? Otherwise, I applaud any attempt to legitimize “other forms of creation” than giving birth to human babies. Thanks for running the piece.

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