Woman Struggles after Her Abortion

A woman named Sally tells her story:

“It wasn’t a hard decision, but it was a horrible decision. I felt like I had to do it to survive; I thought my parents would never talk to me again if they found out I was pregnant. I even imagined grandparents in heaven hating me. I tried to involve the guy. I was wishing he would marry me, and I could see no other way to continue the pregnancy. But he was such a jerk. He took me to the clinic, but I paid the whole thing; afterwards he took me to his house and ignored me while I lay there in pain and bleeding. Instead, he went out and bought a kid’s racecar set, set it up on the living room rug, and invited his friends over to play!…

I can’t believe that I stood for that kind of disrespect….. At the clinic they were so cold; the doctor didn’t even tell me his name, but I thought, “This is what I deserve.” I just felt so boxed in, like I had no other choice. Every step I took, I took to function, to survive. So after that I shut down for 10 years, except for anniversary reactions… And I refused to hold a baby.”

Frederica Mathews-Green. Real Choices: Offering Practical, Life-Affirming Alternatives to Abortion (Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Books, 1994) 89 to 90

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