Woman: I Don’t Regret My Abortion, it Made Things Better for My Children

Opinion   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Sep 25, 2015   |   12:18PM   |   Washington, DC

In London, Sali Hughes had an abortion when she was 19-years-old and doesn’t regret it one bit. In fact, she believes her abortion made life better for her other children. She said the following about the circumstances surrounding her teen pregnancy: “On a personal level, I know that women can have abortions they don’t regret, because I’m one of them. I had a termination at 19 years old, with the help of the Brook advisory service and my GP. I hadn’t been raped, I wasn’t suicidal, my life was not at risk in the physiological sense.”

She added, “My pregnancy occurred through foolishness, the irresponsibility of quite a messed-up teenager alone in London. But, as stupid and reckless as I was in getting pregnant, what I did afterwards was one of the most responsible and considered decisions of my entire life.”

Instead of feeling guilty for the state of my young life back then, I feel proud that I chose to put it into some kind of order before subjecting an innocent human to my complete and utter inability to mother – either practically or emotionally – at that time. I’m relieved to have made a correct decision that gave me and, later on, my children, the opportunity for a happy, stable and productive life.”

Hughes’ feelings about her abortion are similar to that of some abortion activists who believe abortion can be a positive experience. For example, in 2014, a group called Exhale celebrated abortion and said that it improves a woman’s physical and emotional health. Additionally, they encouraged post-abortive women to focus on “well-being, connectedness and compassion” because abortion can be a “healing and empowering experience”. The truth is this is literally impossible since abortion destroys another human being and wounds countless families.

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Ultimately, these “positive” abortion stories are far and few in between because statistics show that the majority of women regret abortion. As LifeNews previously reported, after abortion over 65% of women suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and post abortive women are six-times more likely to commit suicide than women who have given birth. Also, many women describe their abortion experience as ‘a nightmare,’ with 60% reporting that it felt like ’Part of me died.’

In 2013, Virtue Media shared how women really feel about abortion after another group tried to put a happy face on the devastating procedure.  One woman named Vanessa described her abortion experience like this: “I felt very pressured to have an abortion by everyone around me. After the abortion, I felt no sense of relief. You can forgive yourself, but you can never forget.”

Then another woman added that experiencing abortion was just as traumatic as rape. She said, “I had experienced a rape at a very young age, and I compared it very much to rape – very traumatic,” she said, adding that the sadness and regret “compounds because of other choices you make as a result of the pain and the suffering that you’re going through.”