Woman against abortion is talked into it by her doctor

A woman opposed to abortion was raped and became pregnant. Her doctor encouraged her to have an abortion, and convinced her it would be okay.

“I believed that abortion was an immoral act, a sin. In fact, having been a Catholic all my life, I saw abortion as murder…

Because of the circumstances of my rape, the doctor was totally against my continuing the pregnancy. She explained to me that in these circumstances I did not have to feel guilty if I chose an abortion. She presented it as a way to save my life, my sanity. It would not be murder. She was very clear that by no means should I go through with the pregnancy. She said that if I did, there would be chances of my not living a normal life because the flashbacks from my terrible experience would continue. Finally a joint decision was made by the doctor, my parents, and me, and an abortion was performed.”

Barbara Hernandez “That Terrible Night” Abortion: My Choice God’s Grace: Christian Women Tell Their Stories ed. Anne Eggebroton (Pasadena, CA: New Paradigm Books, 1994)

It seems like the doctor may have pushed the woman into an abortion she would otherwise not have had.

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Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.
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