In line with a pro-abortion media trend, the website Mashable published a series of women’s abortion stories this week in an attempt to make abortion seem normal and needed.
The website solicited abortion stories from readers online, asking them to share “how abortion stigma has affected their lives.” The article’s pro-abortion agenda was clear. Noticeably lacking were stories of women who regret their abortions.Nonetheless, the website’s attempt to “destigmatize” abortion by making it appear good for women was overshadowed by the pain expressed in several of the women’s stories.
For example, one woman said she was treated horribly by abortion clinic staff. She wrote:
I was shamed by the abortion providers at the [clinic]. I had two abortions in a nine-month period. The second abortion left me partially pregnant and [during] the follow up to resolve, the doctor was very shaming as though it was my fault that the procedure wasn’t complete.
During my second procedure I had the office manager tell me I was too loud during my first abortion and that I scared the other patients, so for this procedure I needed to be quiet. I have carried the shame of the abortion providers for nine years. They were the cruelest to me. I wish I had [Whole Woman’s Health] clinic.
I went on to get my Ph.D., which I think I would not have gotten if I had kept the pregnancy. I feel that having my abortions were vital to me having a life that was service oriented and centered on caring for others. I do not have children — and that is one narrative that seems to be missing from ending abortion stigma…women that never become mothers.
It is ok to have an abortion and never become a mother. I wish I could speak about my experience out in a political way, but given the stigma and the shame, I have told very few people about my experience. Thank you for your platform. — Anonymous
Despite this woman’s attempts to justify her abortion, the pain of her experience is difficult to look past.
While Mashable blamed “judgment” and “stigma” for these painful experiences, women with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign share a very different perspective about their abortions.
The campaign has collected thousands of stories from women and men who say they were hurt physically and/or emotionally by abortions. They accept that their pain is because of their own choice to abort their unborn child, and not because of the stigma from others.
In an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of its hearing on the Texas abortion case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt last week, one woman with Silent No More described the clinic where her child was aborted: “The walls behind the privacy screen were splattered with blood. There were pools of blood on the floor.”
Another woman described an abortion that left her hemorrhaging, with clinic personnel instructing her to go to the hospital. They wouldn’t even call an ambulance.
“These are the real-life experiences that women are having every day,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More and president of Anglicans for Life. “People need to know the truth about abortion and how it impacts us, the mothers, for the rest of our lives.”
Even those trying to argue that abortion should remain legal can’t deny that, more often than not, abortion hurts women. And saying women need something that hurts them isn’t winning point.