Father is heartbroken to learn his daughter had an abortion as a teen

A post-abortion woman named Cheryl describes what happened when she told her father she had an abortion years ago, when she was a teenager:

“My father didn’t say a word. After hearing all this, he started to weep.… As I walked over to him, I began to cry, as well. As I got closer to dad, he began to sob loudly. I put my arms around him and said, “Don’t cry, daddy, I am so sorry for what I did.”

Sobbingly, he replied, “No, Cheryl. Can you forgive me for being so strict with you as you were growing up? If you weren’t so scared to come to me, you would’ve had the baby, and we would have accepted and loved our grandchild. Please forgive me for making you go through that ordeal. Now we understand why you changed after you got married. You became so distant to us and I thought that we had lost our little girl. Please forgive me!”

I had only seen my father cry twice in my entire life. Once was when his mother died 15 years earlier and the second time was when I shared about my abortion – the death of his first grandchild. Dad was grieving over the lost relationship with his daughter and his aborted grandchild…

You believe it when you hear the threat, “If you get pregnant before you get married or bring disgrace or shame to your parents, you will be disowned.”… I didn’t realize that my father’s bark had no bite to it, and that despite whatever I did, my father would always love me. Unfortunately, I found this out too late.”

Cheryl Chew Make Me Your Choice (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, 2006) 140 – 141

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