While some celebrities “shout” their abortions, actor Corbin Bernsen said the abortion of his unborn child was nothing to be proud of.
Known for his roles in “L.A. Law,” “Psych” and numerous other hit shows, Bernsen said the “worst day of his life” was the day when he and his wife had their unborn child aborted, according to The Christian Post.
Now a devout Christian, Bernsen shared the story this week during the National Religious Broadcasters Christian Media Convention in Florida.
“My wife and I had our first child, we were madly in love as I am today, and loving it. ‘L.A. Law’ was happening and I was like, ‘Let’s have another baby,'” he told the crowd. “She had just quit her career as an actress and [was] loving the whole family thing.”
Everything changed with their second child. Initially, Bernsen said they were excitedly preparing a nursery and going to checkups. Then, not long after finding out they were having a son, the doctors gave them some bad news.
“We go in for our last trimester checkup and the doctor looks at us and he says, ‘We have a little problem, the amniotic fluid is not forming, the kidneys of the baby are disappearing,’” he remembered.
“A couple days later, we return and he says, ‘I’m going to give you some very bad news. I’m not God and I can’t tell you for sure but I’m 99.99-and-a-tenth percent this baby would not make it to term and even worse — Amanda (my wife) there’s a danger to your health,’” Bernsen continued.
Devastated, the then-young couple took their doctor’s advice to “terminate this pregnancy.” Bernsen said faith did not come into play in their decision.
“So we made this choice, we go in for what you can’t possibly tell me was not the worst day of my life and we terminate,” he said. “You know you don’t have to use all of the words like ‘abortion’ cuz they have these beautiful words that make it sound like it’s okay, [but] it was the worst day of our life.”
Eventually, Bernsen said he and his wife began to heal, and the experience helped them turn to God.
“It brought me closer to God because I realized that God was in control in that situation,” he said.
Now 62, Bernsen and his wife have four living children — all teenage boys, according to the report. In addition to fatherhood and acting, he also has produced several Christian films.
“I realized that God is continuously, wonderfully always in control,” he said. “Now as I try to design movies I want to put that in there.”