Post abortion woman: “please don’t make the same mistake I did”

A post-abortion woman tells her story:

“Since I had already enlisted in the Air Force, I thought I had to have an abortion in order to make something out of my life. My best friend drove me to the abortion clinic. It was like an assembly line. When the ultrasound was being performed, I asked to see it, but this wasn’t allowed. So much for “an informed decision.” Then I asked how far along I was. I was told I was 9 ½ weeks pregnant. That hit me hard. I started doubting and wanted to talk to my friend, but I wasn’t allowed to do that either.

When it was my turn, the nurse told me I was going to feel some discomfort, like strong menstrual cramps. The truth is that the abortion was more pain than I’ve ever felt in my life. It felt like my insides were literally being sucked out of my body. Later, I went into shock.…

I wanted my baby back… I named my baby. Later I found out this is part of the grieving process.

2 ½ years later, I ended up in the hospital with bulimia. I felt that no one had punished me for what I had done, so I was punishing myself.… my life was in shambles! I was suffering from post abortion trauma…

There is a healing process that comes from getting involved in the pro-life movement. I talked to youth groups and students and share my testimony. To them, and to you, I plead, “please don’t make the same mistake I did.”

“I Was 18 and Pregnant”  “You Can Stop Injustice” Human Life Alliance Advertising Supplement 2010 4

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Author: Sarah

Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life Network. She lives in NJ.

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