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Life or Death

Summary

Sarah Williams reflects on the loss of a child, and how we earn the right to be human.

Summary

Sarah Williams reflects on the loss of a child, and how we earn the right to be human.

“Life itself is precious. All life has some dignity to it.”

Sarah Williams was 20 weeks into her third pregnancy when she and her husband received some devastating news: that their baby was not “viable”. “I was completely unprepared for that”, she tells Simon Smart. Did her faith help her? She has to think about that one.

In this deeply personal, candid, and thoughtful interview, Sarah reflects on the frameworks of expectation and achievement we’ve set up for ourselves, admits there are no easy answers, and names the most powerful force at the heart of all these questions: love.

“I felt terribly tyrannised, as a woman, by the language of choice … it wasn’t that I could make a choice, it was that I must make a choice.”

Sarah tells this story at greater length in her book The Shaming of the Strong: The Challenge of an Unborn Life.