Every day we feature the beloved “Strawberry Letter” franchise that is so popular on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” heard nationwide. Send in your letters and Shirley Strawberry will dish out the necessary advice. Today’s topic: Should I keep the baby? Dear Morning Show, I’m 28 and I don’t know what to do. I’m dating a man 11 years older than I am. Our relationship was going wonderful until I ended up pregnant! He says that I tried to do it and that if I have this child I will ruin his life! He had a four-year plan and I ruined it. I must get rid of it. Mind you, he knew I wasn’t on any birth control and he did not cover himself either — not just once, but all the time. I don’t want him to hate me because I do love him dearly. But I don’t want to put my body through an abortion. Also I said something about adoption and he had a fit about that! His thing is he has three children that are almost grown and he wanted to wait until they graduate and I ruined his life now. I can’t stand feeling like he hates me. Do I say I’m wrong for ruining his life and do it or do I try to raise this child by myself, because I’m scared he won’t be there and I don’t want to raise a child alone! What do I do?  
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