Woman regrets abortion when her other child dies

Mary Kenny, who interviewed many women for her book on abortion, describes one woman’s situation.

“Some reactions may come many years later. A woman who had had one child but aborted a second pregnancy because times were hard and she and her husband were fairly poor, forgot about the abortion for many years. Then her only child died at the age of 17 in a road accident. From the moment he died, she began to regret the second abortion, and started to feel deep remorse. Although not religious she began to feel that the death of her son was a “punishment” for the abortion carried out 15 years previously. She also very much wished that she had had a second child as a consolation. It is pointless to accuse people of not being “rational” in these circumstances, for feelings are not rational.”

Mary Kenny Abortion: The Whole Story (London: Quartet Books, 1986) 32

This story shows that a woman may not regret her abortion after it happens, but come to regret it years later if there is a change in her life circumstances.

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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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