Woman asks if aborted baby was girl or boy

A woman who had an abortion recalls:

“I remember crying and feeling it was painful, but I can’t say I remember pain. I remember asking if he could see if it were a girl or a boy. He said ‘no.’ He said he could usually tell whether the woman having an abortion was a parent because it seemed harder for someone already a mother to have an abortion than it was for those without children. I remember the doctor holding my hand at the end of it, saying, ‘You have to forgive yourself.'”

Helen Susan Edelman, “Safe to Talk: Abortion Narratives as a Rite of Return,” Journal of American Culture 19, no. 4 (1996)

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Author: Sarah

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

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