Olivia was 17 when she had her abortion. She says:
“I couldn’t even conceive of having a child then; of being a pregnant highschooler; of letting my family down; of the shame I would feel if anyone else knew; of not going to college. There were so many reasons to have the abortion, in my mind, and virtually no reason not to have one.”
She went on to study medicine. She describes how the death of her baby “motivates” her to be a better person.
“I try to let [the abortion] motivate me to help others, so that that tiny life that was beginning inside of me will continue to teach me for the rest of my life; so it will motivate me to be the best person I can be and to help others do the same for themselves.”
Johannah Haney The Abortion Debate: Understanding the Issues (Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2009) 44 – 45
Olivia knows that her baby was a “tiny life.” On some level, she may feel guilt, and tries to give her lost baby meaning by using his/her death to inspire her to be “the best person” she can be.
7 1/2 weeks. Most abortions happen at this time in pregnancy or later.Share on Facebook