Unsupportive friend laughs at post-abortion woman

Often, when women feel grief or guilt after an abortion and want to mourn their unborn child, their grief is not understood or recognized by those close to them. For example, a book on post-abortion women and their testimonies said this:

“Julie, from Melbourne, said a friend told her not to be so ridiculous when she told of her plans to have a little burial service for the aborted baby in her backyard. “What you  about? It was your choice,” the friend admonished her.”

Melinda Tankard Reist Giving Sorrow Words: Women’s Stories of Grief after Abortion (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2007) 24

Comments like this only add to the pain and alienation women feel when they are coming to terms with their abortions. Sadly, this is a trauma that society, for the most part, does not recognize.

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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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