Gloria Steinem Dedicates Her Latest Book to the Abortionist Who Killed Her Baby

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 29, 2015   |   10:32AM   |   Washington, DC

Abortion has long been the focus of feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s activism. And her latest book provides a new glimpse into her personal history with abortion.

Steinem dedicated her new book, “My Life on the Road,” to Dr. John Sharpe, the doctor who killed her unborn child in an illegal abortion, according to

Steinem had the abortion in 1957 in London, when abortion was illegal. Steinem, who was 22 at the time, apparently wanted an abortion because she didn’t want to “(tie) herself to a man who wasn’t right for her.”

According to the article:

In the book’s dedication, Steinem writes that Dr. Sharpe referred her for an abortion at             “considerable risk” to himself, and asked her to promise something in return:

Knowing that she had broken an engagement at home to seek an unknown fate, he said, “You must promise me two things. First, you will not tell anyone my name. Second, you will do what you want to do with your life.”

Dear Dr. Sharpe, I believe you, who knew the law was unjust, would not mind if I say this so long after your death: I’ve done the best I could with my life.

This book is for you.

The book details Steinem’s travels and her history of pro-abortion activism.



In a recent interview reported by, Steinem told Yahoo Global Anchor Katie Couric: “Every child has a right to be born loved and wanted. And a woman who decides that this is not the moment when she can provide that for a child is making, to me, a profoundly moral decision.”

Steinem previously has said that women “need” abortion, and abortion is a “sacrament.” In 2013, pro-abortion President Barack Obama gave Steinem the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her abortion activism.