Woman gets counseling for tubal ligation, not abortion

A woman who had an abortion remarked on the lack of counseling in the clinic:

“So, we confirmed the pregnancy. There was no interview about the decision at that time. I just said ‘No, I don’t want to continue the pregnancy.’ At that time, they weren’t even concerned about consulting with my husband. But I said, ‘He agrees.’ The doctor said, ‘So, when do you want to do it?’ Which I thought, years later, was interesting, because when I wanted my tubal ligation, after my second child was born, they counseled me every month for almost nine months. ‘Is that still your decision? Are you sure you don’t want your husband to come in?’ So, there was a great deal more counseling approximately five or six years later. Obviously, [there] should have been a little more concern [about the abortion]. They were very off-handed about the postpartum events after the pregnancy’s termination and things like that.”

Cara J. Marianna Abortion: A Collective Story (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002) 63

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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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