She Didn’t Want Another Baby So She Had an Abortion: “We Handled it Like a Business Transaction”

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 9, 2016   |   5:41PM   |   Washington, DC

California mom Jaimielynn Lake admits that she felt conflicted about rushing into having an abortion.

The 32-year-old told Cosomopolitan that she and her husband made a quick decision after watching the pregnancy test read positive in their bedroom one day. Lake said she was afraid when she saw the test results and wondered how she would handle another child on top of everything else. The couple had three young children, and Lake was working two jobs as well, she told the magazine.

“We were like, ‘No, we can’t do this again,’” she said. “We love our little family and are super happy.”

Still, she told the magazine:

I do regret not thinking and talking about it more [before having the abortion]. I wanted to get into the hospital the next day. I didn’t come to terms with what was happening before rushing off. We kind of glazed over it. We handled it like a business transaction.

Recently, I babysat for my sister-in-law. She has a 2-year-old and an infant, and I was like, No, no, no, I don’t want to do this again. So, no, I don’t regret the decision, and I don’t want to have seven babies to make up for it.

Given her struggle with regret, one has to wonder if Lake’s child would be alive today if her state had a waiting period for women to consider their options before having an abortion. Many states have 24- to 72-hour waiting periods in place to protect women like Lake from rushing into the irreversible decision to abort her unborn child.

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However, the abortion industry opposes these common-sense measures, as well as laws that require women be informed about their options, their unborn babies and the risks of abortion.

Abortion businesses sell abortion as a way women can control whether and when they want to get pregnant and how big their families are. However, they often hide the possible physical and emotional consequences of abortion on women, not to mention the deaths of their unborn children.

For some women, abortion destroys their ability to get pregnant altogether. Studies have linked infertility issues such as miscarriage and endometriosis to abortion. The Mayo Clinic acknowledges that complications from an abortion can cause infertility in some cases, and researchers in other countries have found a greatly increased risk of issues like cervical incompetence after abortion, which can make a woman unable to carry a child to term.

LifeNews recently reported the story of Nona Ellington who was 15 years old when she found out she was pregnant. Ellington had an abortion, but it left her infertile. A doctor later confirmed that Ellington’s abortion “damaged me so much that I was not able to have children.”

Now, Ellington tells her story in an effort to convince other women to choose life for their children.