Right to Life?

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Matthew and Kristine Smith are both staunchly pro-life, but the results of genetic testing on their unborn baby may change their minds. Could sacrificing this one child save the lives of millions of people? More

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About Ardy

I live in Northern New Mexico. My biggest influences include Stephen King, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Frank Peretti, and Trey Parker. I write mainly fantasy, science fiction, and horror, often with a Christian slant.
Some of the things I write are just for fun, like most of my free short stories, which I will continue to produce as long as these interesting, and sometimes quite messed up ideas keep popping into my head. Some things I write because I feel that they are important. I don't intend to be preachy and try not to insert messages into my writing unless I forewarn the reader that they'll be there. My main intentions with my works are to entertain the reader, make the reader think, and sometimes just to give them a good little scare.
Two things seem to creep into my writing often. One is my faith. The other is my proclivity for horror, which even rears its ugly head in my Christian pieces.
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Review by: Walter Lazo on April 8, 2013 :
Nice writing, very daring, and thought provoking, this is a good and demanding story.
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Review by: maryellen Brokop on July 20, 2012 :
This was an interesting read. Really made me think. Raised Catholic, I am very much against abortion, but I don't what I would do if faced with the choice these parents had.
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Review by: MB Crandell on July 15, 2012 :
Very good job with your story! I liked the ending but even more so, the thought process of the two parents. Francis
Porretto has a good idea with the use of Hitler. I agree that perhaps a Ted Bundy or another serial killer would've worked, however I do feel that Hitler got the message across.
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Review by: Francis W. Porretto on June 30, 2012 :
Original and incisive! The writing could be improved -- in places it becomes overwrought -- but for all that it's a striking exploration of a possibility that few have foreseen and even fewer have dared to explore. Congratulations.

I have only one quibble with it: As far as anyone knows, Hitler never killed anyone by his own hand, except perhaps as a soldier during the First World War. As a politician, he manipulated others into killing in his name. So there's a modest disconnect between the child foreseeably becoming a killer and the gene having first been discovered in Hitler's genome. You might want to use some other loathsome figure who actually did kill personally -- Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Ed Gein, and others come to mind -- as the "archetype" character for this bit of brief but effective moral horror.
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