Italian woman uses abortion for birth control

An author told the following story:

“In another case, a forthright and confident Italian woman – an active member of the Communist Party, utterly without hang-ups of an emotional or religious nature, and rather dismissive of “sentimentality” in general – used abortion fairly regularly as a form of birth control. She had a daughter from a first marriage and was married again. She simply didn’t like any form of contraception – the Pill made her ill, the IUD made her bleed, the diaphragm was uncomfortable – so she decided that the “rational” thing to do was to have an abortion whenever she needed one. By her middle 30s she had had “three or four” abortions…

The woman then consulted her daughter on what to do in a subsequent pregnancy:

But at 37 she became pregnant once again and, as usual, she decided to have the abortion. She arranged it and was talking to her husband about collecting her daughter – now aged 13 – from school that day, when something suddenly occurred to her: perhaps her daughter was now old enough to be consulted? So she asked the young girl if she would like to have a baby sister or brother. The girl’s eyes lit up. “Oh, Mama,” she said, “I’ve been secretly hoping and hoping and hoping I might someday have a baby brother or sister. Oh, it would be so wonderful!” The mother canceled her appointment for the abortion.”

Mary Kenny Abortion: The Whole Story (London: Quartet Books, 1986) 87 – 88

How would the daughter react if she knew that “three or four” of her siblings have been killed by abortion?

8 weeks – most abortions are done around this time or later

8 weeks – most abortions are done around this time or later

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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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