In a new interview this week, British model Katie Price admitted that she went to the abortion clinic three times before finally choosing life for her oldest son.
Price was 23 when she gave birth to Harvey, now 13. Harvey has a number of disabilities, including a rare genetic condition called Prader-Willi syndrome, autism, ADHD and blindness, but Price did not know that until after he was born, LifeNews reported previously. What she did know was that she was young, Harvey’s dad was out of the picture and she did not know if she could handle being a single mom.
Price shared her pregnancy fears during the British talk show Loose Women on Monday, according to the Daily Mail. She explained how these fears led her to an abortion clinic three times where she considered aborting her unborn son.
“Three times I sat there with the cloak on with all the women. You know why you’re all there. But each time, I just couldn’t do it,” she said. “They gave me counseling each time I went there, and they talked about why you want [an abortion]. But I carried on having him. They scan you and you hear a heartbeat.”
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Hearing Harvey’s heart beat, Price decided to “just risk it” and give birth to her son. Now, she said she is “so glad” she did not abort him.
Price previously said if she would have known at the time that Harvey had disabilities, the news would have added to her fears and she almost certainly would have aborted him. But now she would never even consider the idea.
“Now if they said I was going to have a child with disabilities, I would definitely keep it,” Price said in a March interview on the show. “I would even adopt a child with disabilities. … I absolutely love Harvey so much. I would never change anything about him. Yes, it’s challenging, but it’s also rewarding. He’s a great character and I love him. I don’t think anyone should be ashamed at all if they’ve got a child with disabilities.”
Unfortunately, Price said in the new interview that she has aborted “a couple” other children and it was “nothing to be proud of.” She said she believes abortions are ok up until six to eight weeks of pregnancy.
Even at six to eight weeks of pregnancy, though, unborn babies’ hearts already are beating. A baby’s heart begins to beat just 18 days after conception, and by 21 days the heart is pumping blood through a closed circulatory system. For Price, hearing her unborn son’s heartbeat made a huge difference.
For others, seeing their unborn child on an ultrasound screen can make all the difference. It did for Rebekah Nancarrow who paid $80 for an ultrasound at Planned Parenthood and then was not allowed to see the image, Sarah Terzo wrote in 2015. Her experience is not uncommon. Many women report that abortion clinics denied them the chance to see their unborn baby or hear his or her heartbeat.
Nancarrow then went to a pregnancy resource center where she received a free ultrasound and saw her baby.
“Had I not had the sonogram, I would have had the abortion. But that sonogram just confirmed 100% to me that this was a life within me, not a tissue or glob,” Nancarrow said.
A study by the National Institute of Family Life Advocates demonstrated just how powerful these facts and images are for women considering abortion. The study found that 78 percent of women considering an abortion chose life when they saw their unborn baby on an ultrasound.