Woman has abortion because baby would “limit her life”

In a study, a 20 year old woman who had an abortion was asked the reasons why:

Q: What kinds of things did you consider in your decision to have an abortion?

A: I guess my personal identity was the basic thing. Everything else is pretty much tied to that. Because I really don’t know what I want to do, exactly, like, if I were to have a child now, that would definitely limit my life. And right now I’m fighting any kind of limit like that….It would really limit the direction I could take, you know, in choice. And I don’t know enough of what I want that I would feel satisfied having my choices limited like that.”

Judith G. Smetana Concepts of Self and Morality: Women’s Reasoning about Abortion (New York: Praeger Special Studies, 1982) 73

In 1982, before the abortion pill was released, abortions could only be done after 7 weeks. A 7 week abortion leaves hands and feet behind:



it is sad that adoption was not an option for this woman.

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