My relationship with him was gone with my abortion

A postabortion woman was asked how her abortion affected her in a study:

“Q: So how do you feel now about having an abortion?

A: It was very different than I had expected it. It sort of affected my whole life and the way I just take care of my health in general… I just know that it was a trauma to put my body through… I felt a lot of conflicting emotions. Mostly directed towards the man that I had gotten pregnant with … I mostly felt my relationship with him [the father] was gone with the abortion as far as my commitment to any relationship with him… I will never be the same as I was before I had the abortion.”

Judith G. Smetana Concepts of Self and Morality: Women’s Reasoning about Abortion (New York: Praeger Special Studies, 1982) 103 – 104

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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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