Teen has abortion due to lack of support from mother

A teenager who became pregnant got no support from her mother, who threatened her with homelessness. She ended up having an abortion:

“I was in love with a man who abused me emotionally. I didn’t recognize the relationship as abusive because of my own insecurities and need for attention.

When I became pregnant, the relationship ended. I pleaded with my boyfriend to stand by me through the pregnancy because I did not believe in abortion. He told me to have an abortion because no one would marry me with someone else’s child. I was devastated, desperate, and alone…

I turned to my close friends, and they only had mixed answers. I knew I would have to tell my parents eventually because I lived under their roof. I could not make it alone in Hawaii, considering the high cost of living….

The response I got was devastating, especially from a Christian. My mother told me I would be homeless, and they would not help me through this terrible sin I committed. I said, “Then I’ll have an abortion…” She didn’t respond or try to stop me. I felt that this was the last straw, and I would have to go through with it. I wished she had encouraged me to keep the child and assured me that I would not be alone…

During the whole procedure, I wailed in agony and despair.”

Wendy Williams, Ann Caldwell Empty Arms: More Than 60 Life-Giving Stories of Hope from the Devastation of Abortion (Chattanooga, Tennessee: Living Ink Books, 2005)  28 – 29

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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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