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Kay James, a lovely black, and a recent government official used to defend the pro-life position in college campus debates. After a debate in Virginia, an abortion clinic counselor in the audience told her (James), being part of the middle class, that she could not relate to the need of the poor for abortions.

The Case

James responded, “Tell me how you would counsel a woman who comes to you in tears and says, ‘I’m pregnant and I don’t know what I’m going to do. I already have 4 children. My husband is suffering from alcoholism and he physically abuses the children and me. He can’t hold a job, and I don’t know how I’m going to put food on the table.’”

The woman said, “The most loving thing that a woman could do would be to have an abortion. What kind of mother would bring a child into the world under those circumstances? What quality of life could that child be expected to have?”

James replied, “I have a vested interest in how you would counsel that woman because that woman was my mother. And that 5th child she carried was me. And… the quality of my life is very, very good.”