Woman Racked By Guilt After Her Abortion: “It Was a Nightmare, a Very Big Nightmare”

National   |   Sarah Terzo   |   Sep 8, 2015   |   9:37AM   |   Washington, DC

A pro-choice author who had an abortion herself tells the story of Mindy, who experiences post-abortion grief:

“Right after it was done, I was hysterical for how long?”

Kurt responds, “at least 30, 40 hours.” Mindy nods. “I just couldn’t function. I was hysterical, crying, and all that kind of crap.”

The emotional storm took her half by surprise. “It was worse than I thought it would be. I didn’t really think it would affect me emotionally as much as it did,” she muses, calling her response “a nightmare – a very big nightmare.”…

The intensity decreased after those first couple of days, except when commercials for home pregnancy tests or Planned Parenthood reminded her of her experience. She also had trouble on the projected due date, when she realized sadly, “Oh geez, I’d be giving birth right now.” One weekend near the one-year anniversary of her abortion, she read an article about women’s pregnancy choices. “That ruined my weekend, she recalls. “I thought that I had pretty much gotten over it. And then it all came back to me.”

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Seeing kids and new mothers has also sparked memories and feelings. She pictures herself as the mother, thinking, “Maybe that would be me pushing the stroller.” The odd thing about her new desire for kids is that she has never wanted any. But after her pregnancy, she says, “Every time I saw kids, I was like; “Oh my God, a baby. It’s so cute.” She finds herself staring at infants often. This new interest in babies may stem from unresolved emotions; she might want a child because she feels grief or guilt for her abortion, and they find that her interest in babies will fade when these feelings do.”

Eve Kushner Experiencing Abortion:  A Weaving of Women’s Words (Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Press, 1997) 11

LifeNews.com Note: Sarah Terzo is a pro-life liberal who runs ClinicQuotes.com, a web site devoted to exposing the abortion industry. She is a member of the pro-life groups Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Secular Pro-Life. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.