Studies show most women come to regret the abortion they have and former Happy Days star Suzi Quatro appears to be no exception. Despite growing up in a Catholic family, she had an abortion but now wishes she could undo that decision.
Quatro was known for her recurring role as the bass player in the famous Happy Days band.
She was born in Detroit in 1950, the fourth of five children, to an Italian father, Art, and Hungarian mother, Helen. From a young age, she was encouraged to play piano, bass, guitar and percussion.
Her eyes fill with tears as she tells me of her first big affair — which happened during this time — with a married A&R man from Mercury Records (whom she will only call DC).
The first time they slept together was on her 18th birthday and her resulting pregnancy ended with an abortion that still haunts her.
‘I would have loved to have had that baby,’ she says with an almost unbearable sorrow. ‘Not a year goes by when I don’t think about it — what that child would be like, how old they would be.
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‘When I get to those Pearly Gates — hopefully — this is the sin I will pay for. I am so sorry for it, but sometimes you just don’t have a choice and I was absolutely petrified. Years later it still comes back to haunt me and I don’t think I will ever get over it.
But despite the fact her daughter finally appeared to have settled down, Suzi’s mother remained brokenhearted that she had fled so far from the nest. Only 20 years later, as her mother was dying from stomach cancer, did Suzi discover why she was so worried.
‘She told me she’d always, secretly, known about the abortion,’ says Suzi. ‘She also admitted to me that her biggest regret was letting me leave home at such a young age.”