In England, 30-year-old Julie Smith discovered that she was still pregnant three months after having an abortion. Julie took the morning after pill in August 2014 but realized a month later that the pill didn’t work. Since she was certain she didn’t want her baby, she quickly scheduled a surgical abortion. She said, “I took the morning after pill. That quite clearly didn’t work, so I had to have a surgical abortion instead. I had no idea it was possible to still be pregnant after having an abortion.”
Then, two and a half months after the surgical abortion, she went to the doctor complaining about stomach pain. Initially, she thought the pain was from the contraceptive Mirena coil she was using. Julie said, “I went to the doctor because I thought the coil may be the cause of my discomfort and pain. I’d read online that it was a rare side effect, but I exploded into tears when the doctor told me the truth. She had to perform an internal examination because she couldn’t find the thread of the coil.”
The truth was that the surgical abortion failed and she was now four months pregnant. Julie shared more about the experience with the Mirror Online. She said, “It hit me like a bomb when the doctor asked if I knew I was four months pregnant. I was in shock and couldn’t stop crying. I was 16 weeks pregnant with a fetus I had tried to get rid of twice. A counselor had to come and talk to me – they couldn’t believe one medical and one surgical abortion had both not worked.”
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Unfortunately, despite the two failed abortions, Julie decided to have a third and final abortion because she didn’t want to be a single mom and lose her career. She said, “I looked at the pros and cons, but it all boiled down to not wanting to delete my hard work over the last 15 years. As a little girl I’d always waited for a dad that never turned up and I didn’t want this for mine.”
However, Julie did acknowledge that her unborn child was a living person after her third abortion. She said, “Four months pregnant is so different to four weeks – you have a living thing inside you – I had no idea. There is a huge difference to terminating at four weeks and terminating at four months.”
She concluded, “I don’t think anyone will understand how it feels unless they go through it. It’s like having part of you ripped out. I don’t regret it, but it will live with me forever. I had to terminate a child three times. I didn’t want compensation, but made sure the clinics and doctors were aware of their life changing mistakes.”
This tragic story highlights the important reality that abortion devastates women. Although Julie believes the reason she’s hurting over her abortion is because she had it late in pregnancy, whether a baby is aborted at four weeks or four months the end result is always the same.
Just like Julie, many women say their abortion felt like having something ripped out of them— with some describing it as ‘a nightmare,’ and others saying ‘part of me died.’ As LifeNews previously reported, studies show that over 65% of women who have abortions suffer from post-abortive syndrome and are six-times more likely to commit suicide than women who have given birth.