Post-abortion woman told “it wasn’t a baby yet”

Sue Liljenberg, who was a teenager when she obtained a “safe, legal” abortion:

. . . I’m a victim of abortion and, even if it takes until my last breath, I must be heard.

When I was 17 I found myself in a crisis pregnancy . . . . When I went to the local family planning clinic, I sought guidance and wanted to know what I could do about my situation. I wanted a helping hand. When I walked into the clinic, I trusted the nurses and doctors, and thought they were concerned about my health enough to help me make a decision, not make my decision for me.

preborn baby at 9 weeks

preborn baby at 9 weeks

Only one solution was strongly recommended that day. When I questioned the development of my baby, I was told it wasn’t a baby yet, and that it looked like a tadpole. Since that day I have learned differently . . . . I was told that abortion was simple and safe and that I could go and live the rest of my life and have children when I was in a position to provide for them. I heard no scientific facts that day, only biased opinions. I was not told what abortion itself could do to me in the years to come, only that it was “safe and simple.” I was not told that I would abuse myself with alcohol, try to kill myself, develop an eating disorder, and have terrible dreams. Worst of all, I was not told that I might never have another child. It has been 14 years since my “safe and simple” abortion and I have never been able to have another child.

Letter from Sue Liljenberg to Sen. Gordon Humphrey, dated June 6, 1986

Amicus Brief in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services” by Christine Torre, et al.

BRIEF FOR FEMINISTS FOR LIFE OF AMERICA,
WOMEN EXPLOITED BY ABORTION OF GREATER
KANSAS CITY, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
PRO-LIFE NURSES, LET ME LIVE, AND ELLIOT
INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES RESEARCH,
AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF APPELLANTS

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