Woman gives moving description of her miscarriages

In a book that collected essays about abortion, editor Phyllis Tickle describes her children:

“There are seven of them now, children of my body and fruit of our love, Sam’s and mine, for almost four decades of mated life.

But there are others as well, the children who haunt me and for whom, even in this time of my advancing age, I mourn and whose demise I have never accepted. They are the dead ones, the babies whom I miscarried, for I did miscarry. Over and over and over again I miscarried, until it seems that for every child we brought to term, three had been lost.

Most of them were lost to me in a flood of waste and blood when they were halfway toward safety. They were lost as children whose sex and shape I could plainly see as they floated away from me in the commode where I had to flush them or the old newspapers in which my hands had to wrap them, for in the 1960s and 70s they were children only to me.

To the world beyond my cramping heart they were a medical accident of routine occurrence, part of the byproduct of active living. The church said no words over them and perceived no loss from their namelessness; medicine reduced them to statistics in the record of my parity.

But I could never so reduce the memories of the swirling waters carrying my children away to sewage plants, nor could the shadows of their presence ever be exorcised from the dining tables of Christmases and Thanksgivings, of birthdays and anniversaries.”

Phyllis Tickle, ed. Confessing Conscience: Churched Women on Abortion (Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon Press, 1990) 10 – 11

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Drug user has abortion after doctor lies to her about preborn baby

Shawna Arnold had an abusive, drug-addicted mother, and became a drug user at a young age.

When she got pregnant at 19, her mother urged her to have an abortion. She wrote:

“I was so messed up at the time that I believed the people who said there was no way I could take care of a baby.

The doctor told me the baby was the size of a pen dot, had no heartbeat and wasn’t even recognizable as a person. With my appointment to have the abortion in Saskatoon, I left the clinic. I kept drinking and I even did some drugs, despite knowing I was pregnant…

I had nowhere to turn. I was completely lost and frightened.

I had no strength inside me to quit my addictions, and I chose them over my baby’s life. I was on mushrooms when I was pregnant and had thoughts that I had Satan in my stomach – that my baby was evil. I was a serious mess and needed help, some kind of treatment. I didn’t even know who was the father of the baby I was carrying.”

Shawna Arnold A New Heart: My Story of Abortion, Addiction & Conversion (Galston, New South Wales, Australia: Parousia Media Pty Ltd, 2021) 31, 32

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Pro-Choice leader says abortion prevents “infant mortality”

In a very ironic comment, Terry O’Neill, president of pro-choice group NOW, said:

“From a public health point of view, abortion care, no less than contraception, is an essential measure to prevent the heartbreak of infant mortality….”

Terry O’Neill “Abortion, Like Contraception, Is Essential Health Care That Saves Lives” NOW May 13, 2014

This was originally published in the Huffington Post.

Below: Potential victim of an abortion.

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Psychotherapist with 20 years experience describes post-abortion trauma

Mira Dana, a psychotherapist at the Women’s Therapy Centre in London, who has spent 20 years working with post-abortive women, says:

“There are three general reactions women display after an abortion and on coming home from the hospital.

(1) Euphoria…an expression of the feeling of relief and freedom at having solved a problem, having got rid of a burden, and having executed a decisive action. They will feel strong and powerful and in control of their lives. They will feel the need to laugh and have a good time… [and] keep excessively busy…

Feelings of loss, anger [and] guilt are of no relevance for them at this period… These emotions are bound to come later, sometimes even months or years later, sometimes in a disguised form, apparently with no connection to having had an abortion…

(2) Detachment – Some women will experience a sense of “shock”…numbness inside. They will go on doing ordinary activities they are used to doing, but with a sense of detachment, distance…unreality.

This detachment is an attempt to avoid experiencing the painful feelings connected to the termination… She may feel an inner emptiness…

(3) Depression – Some women get into a state of depression which could be described as a general sense of hopelessness and diffused (unfocused) feeling of blackness…feeling bad about yourself and your life and your environment, but without actually knowing what it is – a state of no specific emotion but this “darkness”… Feelings of worthlessness…and that nothing is of much importance…

Fear of Sexuality… Many women need time after an abortion before they feel relaxed and able to have sexual relationships again because they fear another abortion…

Ambivalence – not only about having a baby. There are many issues in a woman’s life about which she may be equally confused but which get “hooked” on the one issue of having a baby…

Envy – Often women feel envious of other women who have babies after the termination… Some women will refrain from visiting their friends who have newborn babies as they feel it is too painful to be with them.”

Miriam Claire The Abortion Dilemma: Personal Views on a Public Issue (Xlibris Corporation, 2013) 15 – 16

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American College of Pediatricians says life begins at conception

In the official policy statement from the American College of Pediatricians in 2004, the statement says that the organization:

“concurs with the body of scientific evidence that human life begins at conception – fertilization… Scientific and medical discoveries over the past three decades [since Roe vs. Wade] have only verified and solidified this age-old truth.”

Quoted in Fred de Miranda, MD, FCP, “Position Statements: When Human Life Begins” American College of Pediatricians, March 17, 2004

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Pro-Choice author admits countries where abortions are illegal have “low maternal mortality and morbidity”

Pro-Choice author Christina Zampas writes about countries where abortion is illegal:

“Governments often hide behind the veil of low maternal mortality and morbidity rates to continue to justify restrictive [abortion] laws, even in the face of concrete cases that reflect the severe impact of such laws.”

Christina Zampas “Legal and Political Discourses on Women’s Right to Abortion” in Sylvia De Zordo, Joanna Mishtal and Lorena Anton, eds. A Fragmented Landscape: Abortion Governance and Protest Logics in Europe (New York: Berghahn, 2017) 33

She tacitly admits that some countries where abortion is legal have low maternal mortality and morbidity rates, meaning few women are killed or injured by illegal abortions in these nations.

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Pro-Choice Author: Abortion carries “social shame” and “psychological burden”

From pro-choice author Melissa Harris-Perry:

“… Abortion still carries tremendous social shame in addition to its personal psychological burden.

Activists for reproductive rights have a hard time convincing women and families who have terminated to be part of a movement that protects the right to terminate. Many understandably prefer not to be publicly associated with the stigma and potential violence that comes with standing up for choice.”

Melissa Harris-Perry “Countering Antichoice Terrorism” The Nation June 2, 2009

I don’t think there are many pro-lifers who think being pro-choice brings with it a stigma.

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Former US Surgeon General: Abortions to Save the Mother’s Life are “Nonexistent”

Former Surgeon General of the United States, Dr C Everett Koop:

“The life of the mother argument surfaces in every debate concerning abortion. The fact of the matter is that abortion as a necessity to save the life of the mother is so rare as to be nonexistent.”

Human Life International “Does Legal Abortion Save Lives?” Pro-Life Talking Points October 21, 2011

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Legal Abortion Death: Sandra Lynn Chmiel, 35 (hemorrhage from a punctured uterus)

Pro-life researcher Keven Sherlock told the story of Sandra Lynn Chmiel, who died from a legal abortion:

“Sandra Lynn Chmiel, a 35-year-old suburban Chicago mother of four, bled to death from a punctured uterus June 3, 1975, hours after she underwent an abortion at Biogenetics.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, testimony at a coroner’s inquest indicated a Biogenetics doctor performed Sandra’s abortion even though she was more than 12 weeks pregnant. (At the time, it was illegal in Illinois for a doctor to perform an abortion on a woman more than 12 weeks pregnant unless he performed it in a hospital.)

Biogenetics operatives had the gall to claim the doctor merely tried to repair Sandra’s female organs after she tried to abort her child herself. However, the Sun-Times article said, Biogenetics settled the case for $75,000 in 1978.”

Source: Chicago Sun-Times 11/19/78

Kevin Sherlock The Scarlet Survey (Akron, Ohio, Brennyman Books, 1997)

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Social worker denied women’s grief after abortion was real

From an Australian social worker identified as Penny:

“I have seen women make this decision dozens of times. I had even seen some of them suffer afterwards, but I always firmly believed it was because of their religious conflict or some radical pro-life guilt trip.

I never in a million years believed that their grief or sorrow was real, or that their beliefs that they felt pressured were genuine.”

Dr. Debbie Garratt, PhD Alarmist Gatekeeping: Abortion (2021) v

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