Post-Abortion Woman: “You feel a huge loss”

A woman who had an abortion describes how her husband pressured her into it:

“We had been married for four years and had talked about kids and their names. The time seemed right. I got very excited when I found out I was pregnant. But my joy was colored by a remark my husband had made earlier. When my period was one week late he said, “So when are you getting your period?” I said, “What if I don’t?” He said very matter-of-factly, “Well, you’ll just have an abortion.”…

He made it clear he was not ready for the responsibility of having a child. … I was so scared to have a baby without any support that fear overwhelmed any rational decision I could have made….

Afterward I felt empty inside. It was like a dull ache. I just wanted to embrace something. I cried for days. Every time I got my period I would think, “There’s another chance gone by.”

A few months later my husband and i separated. I think the divorce would have happened anyway; the abortion only hurried it along…

Abortion is a very personal choice, but it’s not an easy one. It is not a form of birth control. You don’t just go in and—poof—it’s gone. You feel a huge loss. And you mourn.”

MARILYN BALAMACI, et. al. “Eight Other Women’s Stories” People Magazine August 05, 1985

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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. She lives in NJ.

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