By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
In January of 2010 I wrote a column for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday about my mother Ruth. I shared how she gave birth to me out of wedlock when she possibly could have had an abortion. Remember that in the late 1950s there was a stigma towards women who had babies outside marriage.
Abortion was never an option for her. She gave birth to me and, with the help of her parents, raised me to the best of her ability. Over the years I wondered about my biological father, but she would never discuss him. It was taboo. I honored her wishes as best as I could but after I became an adult and had to fill out medical history forms I realized that I knew nothing about one side of my family tree. I usually just put my father was deceased and I had no information. For no other reason, I wanted to know if there was a genetic disease we might need to be aware of one day. [Read more…]