We’ve been omitting Crystal from her own narrative long before this year’s State of the Union address.

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Her name is Crystal. She is 35 years old. In December, she was homeless and addicted to heroin. She was also 8 months pregnant. “I know what a horrible person I am and what a horrible situation I’m in,” she told the CNN reporter. She also recalled a song her parents used to sing to her:

“I’m Crystal. I’m adopted. I’m loved, loved, loved.”

That’s all we know about her. That’s the only part of her story the reporter and his editor chose to tell. Police Officer Ryan Holets and his wife are the real focus of this narrative—the badge wearing savior uniformed in blue and his sweet wife who already have four children of their own yet did the compassionate thing by saving Crystal’s yet unborn baby through adoption. …


Rebekah Henson

My story isn't just my own. Here are the voices of my 6 siblings on how separation by adoption feels: http://bit.ly/1GX6RDg. Personal website: bekhenson.com

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