A pro-choice book had the following story:
“Personally, I have had three abortions, all of which at the time seemed the only viable alternative. I didn’t have the courage to go through a pregnancy and have a baby without any support. For many years I have suffered severe anxiety, varying depths of depression and other effects. It is only since I recognized that I killed three of my children, actually giving them the dignity of human status that I have begun to find some peace.
When society insists that what you are doing is the “best” solution and refuses human status to your baby, you can’t identify the grief and guilt inside because you’re not “supposed” to be feeling them. “It was only a little bit of tissue after all.” May I assure you that the guilt can be overwhelming and the grief is as great, if not greater, than that of any woman who has lost a child at whatever stage of life.”
Rebecca M Albury Beyond the Slogans: the Politics of Reproduction (St. Leonard’s, NSW Australia: Allen & Unwin, 1999) 22
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