Women Who Regret Their Abortions Speak Out

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 11, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Women Who Regret Their Abortions Speak Out

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 11, 2003

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Women who regret their abortions and urge others not to make the same choice spoke out at the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The event was the latest effort by the Silent No More campaign to get women who have had abortions involved in helping others.

"After 30 years of America’s abortion debate, the voices of women who have experienced abortion’s devastating effects are being heard more loudly and in greater numbers," Georgette Forney, the national coordinator of the group said in a statement.

Actress Jennifer O’Neill, known for her role in the movie Summer of ’42 and her CoverGirl modeling, is the national spokesperson for the campaign.

She was forced to have an abortion and understands the pain it brings. Now she wants to share her story with others.

"When I told him that I was pregnant, he went ballistic and basically coerced me until I [had an abortion]. I went to my parents, I went to my doctor, I went to my friends. Everyone told me the same thing, which is a lie from the pit of hell, that that baby was not a baby, it was just a blob of tissue," O’Neill recalled. "That lie is still being told today."

"We need to get the truth out," O’Neill said. "If you’re considering an abortion, talk to someone who has had one."

Forney, who had an abortion at 16, is also the director of National Organization of Episcopalians for Life, a group which aims to educate Episcopalians about pro-life issues.

"Hearing woman after woman speak about the problems created by abortion really puts this issue in perspective," Forney explained. "Despite the sadness of each woman’s story we are also able to share the help we’ve found to deal with the pain, which gives those still hurting hope."

One of the goals the group has is to help women find information about abortion risks and dangers before having one. That’s information some women who have had abortions were not given.

"No one told us the truth," said Olivia Gans, the director of American Victims of Abortion. "No one gave us the wealth of information every woman has the right to have before she has an abortion."

"When I had my abortion experience in 1981, I went to four different abortion providers," Gans said. "Not one of them told me exactly how the procedure would be performed, what drugs were involved, what medical techniques would be used."

The Silent No More Awareness Project is a joint program co-sponsored by NOEL and Priests for Life.

"We want to help women who are hurting from abortion find peace and healing. This campaign will let them know they’re not alone," adds Janet Morana of Priests for Life.

Related web sites:
Silent No More Project – https://www.silentnomoreawareness.org