Abortion advocates assume women or teenagers who are victims of rape and become pregnant will want an abortion and they fight hard to make sure abortion is legal in such cases.
But the truth is many rape victims who have abortions come to regret their decisions.
The Independent newspaper in Ireland has a moving account of one young woman who got an abortion at the age of 13 after becoming pregnant following sexual assault. Now, she regrets her decision.
On a dark December day in 1997, Mary (not her real name) boarded a plane to England with a social worker and her foster mother.
Her 13-year-old body was gripped with nausea as she switched on her CD player and tried to sleep. A song that would become an emblem for the rest of her life began to play.
This week, almost 16 years later, Mary recalled the moment vividly as she sat in a Dublin hotel murmuring the words of the song in a poignant whisper.
“‘I’m leaving on a jet plane. Don’t know when I’ll be back again.’ I’ll never forget those lines. Part of me never did come back again after that. I didn’t know that the next day my life was about to change forever.”
Today, Mary is a 29-year-old mother of two, but 16 years ago she was the teenage Traveller at the centre of the controversial C Case who was taken to the UK for an abortion by health board staff after being brutally raped.
This was permitted by the High Court under the earlier X-Case ruling because the court heard that Mary was suicidal.
The abortion led to a spiral of depression and chaos in her life.
But today she has turned her life around. A bright, beautiful young woman with gleaming black hair and a smart dress sense, she lives in a perfectly kept house with her loving boyfriend and her two children.
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