Pro-choice writer: women’s initial response to abortion may not reflect her later response

Pro-choice writer Cara J. Marianna interviewed women who had abortions. She found that the way a woman initially felt right after her abortion did not always reflect how she would feel about her abortion months or years later.

She says:

“A woman’s immediate response to the abortion did not necessarily have a direct correlation with her later interpretation of the experience. Mary described her abortion as ‘amazingly unintrusive.’ Later in the day she had a negative emotional reaction and called her best friend for support.”

Cara J. Marianna Abortion: A Collective Story (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002) 110

Some pro-lifers have noted that women who initially felt satisfied with their decision to abort can suffer from severe emotional trauma many years later. Sometimes,  something acts as a trigger.  This could be a subsequent pregnancy, a close friend or relative having a baby, or a religious conversion.

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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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