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Email of the Day: A Child Has a Right to Be in a Stable Environment

By Dr. Laura on September, 26 2023
Rocks stacked on top of each other have a family made of rocks at the top

I am married and childless. My childhood friend is shacking up. She got pregnant, but lost the baby. Despite a very unstable relationship with her boyfriend, she is now trying to get pregnant again, because she has a β€œright” to be a mother!


I waited until I was married before trying to get pregnant. Thanks to you, I knew a child would have its best chance at succeeding in life if I could provide a stable, committed, two-parent environment. By the time I could give that, I was 37. I miscarried and also had to have a hysterectomy. I have never regretted putting the happiness and well-being of my potential child before my own desire to be a mother.


Through you, Dr. Laura, I learned what my feminist mother was not able to teach me – a mother’s first and foremost duty is to look after the health and welfare of her child. Part of that duty is to make sure she brings her child into a stable environment emotionally, mentally, and financially. If she is not going to be able to provide that, then she needs to take a closer look at why she wants to have a child. A child’s β€œright” to that kind of environment supersedes a woman’s β€œright” to motherhood. A mother is supposed to sacrifice for her child, not sacrifice the child to meet her own needs and wants.




A Child Has a Right to Be in a Stable Environment


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