Post-abortion woman: you always think about it

In the educational video “Understanding Pregnancy Alternatives”, a post-abortion woman says the following:

“Looking back, I honestly feel that no woman should ever go through an abortion. The feelings of guilt will always be there. If the person does choose to have children later on, you always think of the child as your second baby, not your first. Even when you go to the hospital the doctors ask you, “Is this your first pregnancy?” It hurts to have to say, “No,” but yet you have no other children to show for it. It hurts to say that.

With the abortion, after it was over and done with, I tried not to think about it but you always think about it. When I look at my daughter, I always think of her as my second child, never as my first child. My first child is gone….

Every time you look at a child you think and then you find yourself counting the years- “Well, my child would have been one today,” or “My child would have been four.”…You never see another child without thinking about yours and wondering what your child would have been like. And you wonder the classic question: “I wonder if it would have been girl or boy?”

Quoted in Curt Young The Least of These: What Everyone Should Know about Abortion (Chicago, Illinois: Moody Press, 1984)

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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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