John Lennon Stopped Yoko Ono From Having Abortion of Son Sean

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 11, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 11
, 2007

London, England ( — When it comes to Hollywood, abortion isn’t just a topic that comes up frequently in movies or music, it’s something celebrities routinely confront. News reports on Monday indicate abortion was a topic of conversation between famous Beatles musician John Lennon and his infamous wife Yoko Ono.

In an interview with the BBC, Ono recounts a story about how she considered having an abortion when pregnant with the couple’s son Sean. Lennon apparently talked her out of having an abortion.

The conversation came after Ono became pregnant when the couple reunited in the early 70s after an 18-month split.

"We’d just got back together and I became pregnant very soon, and I didn’t know if it was the right moment to have a child because maybe he didn’t want it," Ono recalled. "I didn’t want to burden him with something he didn’t want."

She told the BBC, "He said, ‘Of course we are going to keep it’, and he was really upset with my remark."

"I know it sounds strange now but I thought, well, I should let John decide whether to keep it or not," Ono said.

Lennon and Ono married in 1969 and Sean was born in 1975 — resulting in Lennon taking a five year break from music to focus on raising his son.

Ono told the British news service that Sean was on Lennon’s mind the night crazed fan Mark Chapman killed him in New York. She said the couple was dining and Lennon expressed a desire to see his son before he went to sleep.