Pain from abortion was like a knife stabbing

A woman named Maria wrote about what she felt during her abortion:

“I began crying in pain, and as I lifted the sheets there was blood everywhere. The pain was unbearable, it was like a knife kept stabbing me in the stomach over and over again… The nurse gave me an injection for the pain, but it didn’t help. About 15 minutes later she gave me another shot; it still didn’t help. After the third shot she was so worried because I was still in pain that she called the head doctor who operated on me to take a look at me. When the doctor took the folder from the end of my bed and looked through the pieces of paper, he was shocked. He called the nurse over and asked if it was the correct amount of painkiller shots she’d given me. Because I was still crying and holding my stomach and pain, the doctor had no choice but to inject me again…”

 Melinda Tankard Reist Giving Sorrow Words: Women’s Stories of Grief after Abortion (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2007) 37 – 38

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Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.
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