Daughter upset by mother’s abortions

A daughter whose mother had multiple abortions tells her story:

“I was only 12 years old on that disturbing day when my mother opened up to me … She shared with me that she had experienced more than one abortion prior to my youngest brother’s birth. To be exact, she had had four abortions… A thought hit me: my baby brother almost wasn’t born and almost wasn’t part of my life. …Did she also consider aborting me?

Then my mother complained about how my father was so selfish, how she couldn’t take birth control pills because they made her sick, and how he was never there for her emotionally. She told me that he worked such long hours, blah, blah, blah…

I could not help but be upset and disappointed at her for being so helpless and irresponsible… She then proceeded to tell me the reason why she kept my baby brother. The doctor told her that it would be unsafe to perform another abortion…

Nowadays, the aftermath and repercussions of these abortions still float around us and are still being experienced by our family. My mom constantly cries and complains about her health issues and how the abortions have weakened her body, causing all her aches and pains. She complains to me and nags me, but does not do so to my father. Why me?…

During my temperamental adolescent years, I would get myself heatedly involved between my bitterly enraged parents whenever they would separate. I would argue with them, at them, and for them… They had separated total of three times, and each time it made me extremely angry!… They would vent their feelings, then place me in the middle, as the referee… I felt like screaming, “Hey! I’m the kid here, not the adult!”

Cheryl Chew Make Me Your Choice (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, 2006) 59-62

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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