Woman was “very happy” to learn she was pregnant, but still has an abortion

In a research study, a woman talks about her pregnancy that was ended by abortion. She deliberately did not use contraception and got pregnant:

“I used to think it would be nice to have my own little baby and I really loved this man. But I didn’t think marriage would be quite the same. But having a baby would be great.… When I found I was pregnant, I was very happy. [Smiles and laughs]

[Why abortion?] I was happy at first, when I got pregnant. I knew it would be a love baby. However, I hadn’t really thought everything yet. Then my roommate started getting me sensible. How could I feed this poor little thing? How could I raise the baby all by myself? I couldn’t run my own life, let alone a baby’s. I began to realize there was no way I could support the baby.”

Paul Sachwev Sex, Abortion and Unmarried Women (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1993) 117

 

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Statistics: Abortion for the “hard cases” 1981-1990

The percentages of abortions done for different reasons:

AVERAGE ANNUAL ABORTIONS, 1981 to 1990 1,550,000

To save the mother’s life or health 0.13%

For rape and incest 0.07%

For fetal birth defects 0.24%

For girls under 15 years old 1.00%

For women over 40 years old 1.30%

Total ‘hard cases’ 2.74%

Non-Medically Indicated Abortions 97.26%

Source:

United States Bureau of Commerce, Department of the Census. National Data Book and Guide to Sources, Statistical Abstract of the United States. 1990, 110th edition. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office. Table 101, “Legal Abortions, By Selected Characteristics: 1973 to 1985.” Also: Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) annual reports.

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Woman watches her abortion on ultrasound

Kori, 26, who was having her third abortion, asked to watch the procedure on the ultrasound monitor:

“It was O.K. to watch. Once you had your mind made up to do it, you just suck it up and go with it.”

JOHN LELAND “Under Din of Abortion Debate, an Experience Shared Quietly” New York Times SEPT. 18, 2005

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British study gives reasons why pregnancies end in abortion

A study on abortion from England said:

“Having surveyed vast numbers of reports on unplanned pregnancy, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists concluded that a pregnancy was particularly likely to end in abortion “if it would force the woman to abandon her plans for herself, or if she lacks the income, housing and personal support that she needs to cope with the child.”

Royal College of Obstetricians Gynecologists “Report of the RCOG Working Party on Unplanned Pregnancy” (London: RCOG, 1991) 10

Quoted in Ann Furedi Unplanned Pregnancy: Your Choices (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996) 67

Furedi is the director of a chain of abortion clinics in England.

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Reasons for Abortions 1988

A questionnaire asked women the reasons they aborted. Women could choose more than one. The breakdown was:

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I’m concerned about how a baby would change my life 76%

I can’t afford a baby right now 68%

I have problems with my relationship 51%

I want to avoid single parenthood 51%

I don’t want others to know I was having premarital sex 31%

I’m not ready for the responsibility 31%

I’m not mature enough to have a baby 30%

I have all the children I want 26%

My husband or boyfriend wants me to abort 23%

The baby has a possible health problem 13%

My health is not good enough to have a baby 7%

My parents want me to abort 7%

I am a victim of rape or incest 1%

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This is from an Alan Guttmacher Institute survey of 1,900 women in 38 states who were waiting for abortions. These women filled out a form asking them why they were obtaining abortions. This survey is described in Aida Torres and Jacqueline Darroch Forrest. “Why Do Women Have Abortions?” Alan Guttmacher Institute Family Planning Perspectives, July/August 1988, pages 169 to 176.

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Woman defends her abortion

One woman admits that her abortion was selfish, but it was her choice:

“The pro-life camp likes to label women like myself as selfish and doing what’s best for her and they’re right. I will not deny what I did was selfish, but as a women I have a choice as so how MY life and the lives of the people around me will be affected. When I took a look at my life abortion became the best choice. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t pleasant, but it was what worked.”

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Woman who aborted baby says she “loved her with all her heart”

A woman posted the following on facebook:

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Go here to see what this woman’s baby looked like after her abortion.

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Religious Baptist has abortion

An article in the New York Times profiled women having abortions. This is the story of one woman:

“Alexia, a Baptist who wore a cross pendant, prayed all through the two-and-a-half-hour drive from Delta State University in Mississippi. She was having her third abortion.”

She says:

“My religion is against it. In a way I feel I’m doing wrong, but you can be forgiven. I blame myself. I feel I shouldn’t have sex at all.”

JOHN LELAND” Under Din of Abortion Debate, an Experience Shared QuietlyNew York Times SEPT. 18, 2005

Christians have abortions just like other people. Churches need to tell their parishioners where they can go to for support and explain to them why abortion is wrong.

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Above: Preborn baby at the end of the first trimester

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Woman sees ultrasound, aborts anyway

A woman who was 12 weeks pregnant was interviewed in an abortion clinic:

“I feel pretty messed up. It’s different, just knowing. My husband told me not to look. This changes my feelings, but I’m sticking by it. Damn it, $650, I’m sticking by it.”

JOHN LELAND” Under Din of Abortion Debate, an Experience Shared QuietlyNew York Times SEPT. 18, 2005

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Woman who had abortion: I am the most important person

From one woman who had an abortion:

“I feel proud of myself that I made the choice to have an abortion and finish college. I never made a decision before that said I was the most important person. Choosing abortion is about empowerment. It’s about making a choice in favor of myself and my own future. It was giving myself a vote of confidence.”

Anonymous woman

Quoted in The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. The New Our Bodies, Ourselves. (Touchstone Books, 1992) 369.

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