Hispanic Author’s New Book Reveals Terrible Addiction, She’s Had 16 Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 21, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Hispanic Author’s New Book Reveals Terrible Addiction, She’s Had 16 Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 21
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A Hispanic author has released a new book with a revelation of a terrible addiction — she has had 16 abortions. Irene Vilar describes her decisions as an "abortion addiction" and she already admits she worries her decision-making will be used as an argument on why abortions should be limited or banned.

Vilar will release her book, published by Random House and titled "Impossible Motherhood," on October 6.

In it, she describes the 16 abortions she has had as a married woman and she tells ABC News she already has "an inkling of hatred" that will be directed towards her by people aghast that she could kill 16 unborn children.

Because she worries about a public backlash, the writer and literary agent is only conducting closed-door interviews and will not do a book tour.

"I am worried about my safety and the hate mail," she told ABC News in an interview from her home, where she has two other children.

"No book like this has ever been written," she said. "I just imagine the ‘baby killer’ and I could be a poster child for that kind of fundamentalism. And there are my little kids in all of that."

Some could blame her abortion decisions on her past.

Vilar’s mother is Puerto Rican nationalist Lolita Lebron, who served 25 years in prison after brandishing a gun on the steps of the Capitol. Lebron eventually committed suicide when Vilar was eight and her two brothers were both heroin addicts.

She also noted the sterilization campaigns in her native Puerto Rico in the 1960s and her mother’s forced hysterectomy at 33.

"Women tend to repeat behaviors," Vilar said of herself.

She tells ABC News she hopes her book and her shocking abortion total will spark a new feminist movement where women will see "procreation as power."

"Everybody is having babies, Hollywood has even developed some sort of motherhood fetish," said Vilar. "Yet, women are repeatedly told that they must be everything but mothers, everything but someone weighed down by motherhood."

Vilar isn’t alone as statistics from the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute find half of women who get an abortion eventually have another one and 10 percent of women will have three or more.

Ironically, most women told AGI that they were using contraception at the time of their multiple abortions.

The author told ABC News that she had the multiple abortions as a means of self-injury to cope from previous abortions.
"In the beginning I was taking pills and I’d skip a day or two or give up one month," she said. "I’d think I’ll be better next time. But slowly, my days took on a balancing act and there was a specific high. I would get my period and be sad, then discover I was pregnant, being afraid, yet also so excited."

Vilar is incredibly lucky.

Despite research showing that women who have abortions have an increased risk of having cervical damage that could prevent a future pregnancy or a low birth-weight or premature baby, Vilar had successful pregnancies resulting in her two children.

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