Woman describes biased advice she received as a college student at women’s center

Betsy, who became pregnant in college, wrote:

“I went to the Women’s Center at the college where I took a pregnancy test. Even then it seemed so unreal. I was in complete shock when I received the results: positive.

I remember sitting in the small, stuffy third-floor office and numbly trying to listen as a volunteer counselor explained my options. In great detail, she outlined the procedure for ending the pregnancy – the nearest clinic, the cost, how to get an appointment, how much time it would take (about a half-day), and what would be involved in the procedure (she never called it an abortion, but a procedure).

Or, she said, I could have the baby. Period. No recommendations for agencies that might help with that decision or where I might go for further counseling if I decided to keep the baby. I would definitely be on my own if that was the course that I wanted to follow.”

She had an abortion and later regretted it deeply.

Yvonne Florczak–Seeman A Time to Speak: A Healing Journal for Post-Abortive Women (Clarendon Hills, Illinois: Love from above, Inc., 2015) 46

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Woman can’t have children after being pressured into abortion

A woman’s abortion caused scar tissue to form in her uterus, rendering her infertile. She now regrets her abortion:

“The boy, who didn’t want me to have a baby, considering we were only 18 and 19 years old. I didn’t want to give up the life that was inside of me. I didn’t know who to turn to…

The only person I could tell was my boyfriend, and a few friends who I knew had an abortion in the past. They all encouraged me to have an abortion and no matter my view on it, I felt highly pressured to have one. I looked on the Internet and found a clinic in Ohio…

I don’t remember much because they gave me something to relax, through an IV. I do remember the pain. It must have been very painful because if I’m saying it hurt when I had something to relax me, it must have been horrible…

I was in pain for weeks afterward, bad cramping and spotting. I called to make sure it was normal and they said as long as I don’t have a fever…

I went to the gynecologist for my annual checkup and found out that I have cysts on my ovaries and have scar tissue on the lining of my uterus. He told me that the scarring is from the abortion, and I will probably not be able to have kids…

My abortion has caused me so many problems in my life. From depression to eating disorders to guilt and regret. I have a hard time being around babies who would be the same age as my baby had I decided to have it. I’m no longer with my boyfriend, after 2.5 years, I realized how much I have been verbally abused and manipulated. I look back and can only learn from the mistakes I have made.”

Quoted in Martha Jensen Abortion: Information and One’s Own Journey (2020)

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Abortion worker: Abortion providers “save women’s lives”

Marcy L Bloom, abortion worker at Aradia Women’s Health Center:

“I know that every day abortion providers throughout the world are saving women’s lives and helping women regain their destinies.”

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

Abortions are almost never needed to save women’s lives and only a tiny percentage of abortions are done for health reasons in the mother.

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Clinic worker who aborted says she found her pregnancy “exciting”

Abortion worker Andrea Butcher got pregnant and had an abortion. She says being pregnant (before she aborted) was “exciting”:

“I must say that I did find being pregnant quite exciting, and it was nice to have friends with whom I could discuss that feeling who reassured me that it was okay to feel excited about being pregnant even though I was quite sure that I didn’t want to go through with it. It’s nice to have the space to feel that way.”

Miriam Claire The Abortion Dilemma: Personal Views on a Public Issue (Xlibris Corporation, 2013) 30

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Abortionist discusses reasons women get abortions in India

From an abortionist in India:

“Married women usually want to terminate the pregnancy to delay the first childbirth, space the next childbirth, get rid of a female foetus, or for career reasons. In Gujarat, many women who get married to nonresident Indians also get it done because they fear that their visas might be rejected… Unmarried girls, on the other hand, come for terminations of illegitimate pregnancy, or for visa and career reasons.”

Leela Visaria and Vimala Ramachandran Abortion in India: Ground Realities (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2007) 53

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Post-Abortive Woman: “I was not empowered as a woman but diminished”

A post-abortive woman named Susan Justice wrote:

“In 1980, just seven years after Roe V. Wade became the law of the land, I became one of abortion’s statistics. I was a vulnerable 18-year-old college freshman when I found myself faced with an unplanned pregnancy. After my high school sweetheart and I found ourselves in crisis, we visited a Women’s Center just blocks from our college campus. It was there the deception began. “It is just a glob of pregnancy tissue… it will be a short outpatient procedure and you can be sent on your way… problem solved.”

My “problem” was NOT solved. Instead, figuratively speaking, the abortion ushered me down a staircase, finding myself spiraling into deep depression. The abortion became my prison cell of post-abortion grief, substance abuse, shame, and heartbreak. Abortion did not solve my “problem”… but only served to magnify it.

At the abortion clinic (a.k.a. campus “women’s center”) I was not empowered as a woman but diminished. I was told, “It will be easier for you to get an abortion and get on with your life.”

Tragically, no one at that women’s center told me the truth of the development of my baby, my option for adoption, or the devastating fallout from post-abortion grief and regret….

The abortion tore through my life like a hurricane, leaving destruction in its wake. The post-abortion fallout with my boyfriend left only devastation. Our previous deeply nurturing relationship shattered into a mass of scattered, broken, irreparable pieces.

I changed from a young woman entering nursing school, hard-working, eager to help people, having dated the same high school sweetheart for two years, sharing our dream of marriage after college… to a broken, promiscuous, alcohol indulging, partying girl, looking for any way to numb the emotional pain from the gnawing reality of the loss of my child and what I had done.”

Susan Justice “Abortion did not solve my ‘problem.’ It sent me into a deep depressionLive Action News March 22, 2021

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Scientist describes conception, the beginning of life

Scientist Jerome Lejeune, discoverer of down syndrome:

“… Each of us has a unique beginning, the moment of conception… As soon as the 23 chromosomes carried by the sperm encounter the 23 chromosomes carried by the ovum, the whole information necessary and sufficient to spell out all the characteristics of the new being is gathered…

A new human being is defined which has never occurred before and will never occur again… [It] is not just simply a nondescript cell, or a “population” or loose “collection” of cells, but a very specialized individual…”

Jerome Lejeune A Symphony of the Preborn Child, part 2 (Hagerstown, Maryland, 1989)

Quoted in Rick DeMichele Abortion: Come Now, and Let Us Reason Together (Meridian, Idaho: DayStar Publishing, 2010) 15

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Pro-Choice author felt abortion was “settled” after Roe

In one of her books, pro-choice author Rickie Solinger wrote about how she thought abortion was “settled” after Roe was decided. She didn’t anticipate the rise of the pro-life movement:

“I was 26 when the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion in 1973, and like others of my generation assumed that it had settled the matter.

Perhaps because I was relatively young then, perhaps because the political culture was less divided and divisive, perhaps because the claims of the women’s rights movement seemed so persuasive, I didn’t doubt that Roe v. Wade had established a new order, one that would change women’s lives forever…

[M]any women’s rights activists and others did not foresee the long decades of backlash against women’s new sexual and reproductive freedoms that lay ahead.”

Rickie Solinger Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) xv–xvi

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Post-Abortive woman calls her abortion a “horrible mistake”

One post-abortive woman wrote:

“I’m 23 and I have three beautiful daughters. About a year ago, I found out I was pregnant again. My youngest child was only nine months old. We live in a small two-bedroom house with little income. I was scared to death. I didn’t want another kid and neither did my boyfriend. So we decided to have an abortion…

now I wish I wouldn’t have. I could have given the baby to someone, who would never get to experience motherhood, but I didn’t. I killed it, and I hate myself for that. It hurts every time I think about it, which is every day…

I am a good person, I just made a horrible mistake. I will spend the rest of my life regretting this. So if anyone out there thinks about getting an abortion, think long and hard about it. It will stick with you for the rest of your life, and it will hurt every time you think about it.”

Martha Jensen Abortion: Information and One’s Own Journey (2020)

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Woman calls pregnancy center seeking abortion- chooses life for twins

In a book about a pregnancy center, the authors told the following story:

“One day I had a call from a woman who lived in one of the outlying counties. She told me right up front that she wanted to have an abortion.

After explaining that we didn’t perform abortions or refer women for abortions, I asked her if she would tell me a little about her situation. She seemed to want to talk, so I let her talk for quite a while about many of the reasons she didn’t think she could go through with her pregnancy. This was years before we had ultrasound. She then asked if we had a counselor she could speak with…

We set up an appointment. Verla and Ellen talked for two hours… Several months later we received a call from her telling us she had just given birth to twins.”

Mary Ann Gustin and Peggy R Hembree Let the Miracles Begin (2016) 43 – 44

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