Woman describes abortion: “God, the pain!”

Karen T, age 23, tells her abortion story:

“They told me the local would be less dangerous and that general anesthetics would give me cramps and make me throw up and have to stay there for hours recovering from it. The local, they said, was just a shot in the cervix which has no nerve endings, and that I’d be out in 45 minutes. And like an ass I believed them… Instead of shaving my crotch, they spray-painted it with some orange disinfectant. It was like graffiti. Then I saw a long syringe and nearly died. But it didn’t hurt, just like they said. The doctor said he’d have to dilate me three times with rods to open me up enough. So when he starts to work, the nurse start asking me dumb questions like what religion I am and who the father was. God, the pain. I was screaming and the doctor was getting worried. “Hang on,” he kept saying, “It’ll be over in just a minute.” I kept screaming back, “You said there’d be no pain and you lied!” Then they made me sit up and I didn’t know if I was going to faint or throw up. The nurse gave me some smelling salts and led me over to a cot… The cramping got so bad I had had to stay there five hours.”

Linda Bird Francke The Ambivalence of Abortion (Random House, 1978) quoted in Ann Saltenberger Every Woman Has a Right to Know the Dangers of Legal Abortion (Glassboro, New Jersey: Air – Plus Enterprises, 1983)

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