Woman’s Letter to Her Aborted Baby: I Aborted You Because “I Want Good Things for Myself”

Opinion   |   Emily Derois   |   Apr 11, 2016   |   11:43AM   |   Washington, DC

After her decision to abort, a mother wrote a letter to her unborn child. The open letter is featured on Cosmopolitan’s website. The liberal, abortion-supporting magazine presents the letter as proof of the thought and consideration put into abortion. However, it serves as a heartbreaking reminder of the misconceptions surrounding abortion and the unborn baby.

Little Thing:

I can feel you in there. I’ve got twice the appetite and half the energy. It breaks my heart that I don’t feel the enchantment that I’m supposed to feel. I am both sorry and not sorry.

I am sorry that this is goodbye. I’m sad that I’ll never get to meet you. You could have your father’s eyes and my nose and we could make our own traditions, be a family. But, Little Thing, we will meet again. I promise that the next time I see that little blue plus, the next time you are in the same reality as me, I will be ready for you.

Little Thing, I want you to be happy. More than I want good things for myself, I want the best things for the future. That’s why I can’t be your mother right now. I am still growing myself. It wouldn’t be fair to bring a new life into a world where I am still haunted by ghosts of the life I’ve lived. I want you to have all the things I didn’t have when I was a child. I want you to be better than I ever was and more magnificent than I ever could be. I can’t do to you what was done to me: Plant a seed made of love and spontaneity into a garden, and hope that it will grow on only dreams. Love and spontaneity are beautiful, but they have little merit. And while I have plenty of dreams to go around, dreams are not an effective enough tool for you to build a better tomorrow. I can’t bring you here. Not like this.

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I love you, Little Thing, and I wish the circumstances were different. I promise I will see you again, and next time, you can call me Mom.


Although the unnamed woman recognizes the humanity of the growing child within her, the mother admits that she has chosen abortion because, for whatever reason, she doesn’t feel ready. She also insists that her motivation for aborting her “little thing” is mercy and love for the unborn child: “I want you to be better than I ever was and more magnificent than I ever could be.” Yet despite the seeming compassion in her words, she has chosen to end the child’s life forever.

Sadly, they will never meet again, not on this earth. The next time the mother sees “that little blue plus” it will not mark their reunion. Once this unique and precious child is aborted, his or her chance for life is forever eradicated.

This heartbreaking letter enforces the importance of educating women on the realities of abortion, and of the many life-affirming options available to them and their babies.