An Irish journalist who often promotes abortion in her work recently revealed that she aborted two of her own unborn babies.
Her first abortion was a decision based on her financial situation and career.
Holland told the radio station: “I was in my late 20s – 27 – and I had just started freelancing at The Irish Times […] I was guaranteed no shifts at all, so I had no regular income and was working week-to-week. I was coming to the end of a relationship – we both knew, he and I, that the relationship was going south. We hadn’t been careful enough and I got pregnant.
“In my mind, I was not financially secure. I was just starting out on my career in The Irish Times [and] I really wanted to make a go of it.”
Because unborn babies are protected under the Eighth Amendment in Ireland, Holland flew to England to have her unborn baby aborted, according to the report.
Several years later, she had another abortion when she became pregnant with her third child. This time, Holland said the abortion was “agonizing” because she wanted the baby and her partner did not.
She said she struggled with sleeping and concentrating at work and home, and she tried talking with her partner several times about their baby; but he was “very clear” that he did not want to be a father.
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“I was pushing down my own feelings to try and please other people, and keep other people happy. Looking back… I wasn’t being true to myself …” Holland said.
Pain and regret quickly followed her second abortion, and Holland said she eventually sought the help of a counselor.
“I was in for about a year, and in fact I’ve been back a few times over the years. But certainly for that year, I was going back every week and doing a lot of crying,” she said.
Many years have passed since then, and Holland still seems to be struggling. She seemed to try to brush off the pain of her second abortion by saying that she otherwise would not have had her son, who she conceived after her second abortion.
“One abortion I have no regrets about,” she said. “The second one I have to say now I don’t regret, because I wouldn’t have had Alfie otherwise.”
She also acknowledged that she could have chosen to go against her partner’s wishes and given birth to her child, but she did not.
“Sometimes we make the wrong choices for ourselves, and we often make wrong choices – whether it’s a wrong marriage we go into, or the wrong career we take up. In this case, it was a wrong decision about a termination,” Holland concluded. “One hopes you learn from them, but at the end of the day the Irish women must be trusted to make the decisions for themselves, even if sometimes that’s the wrong one.”
Holland’s decisions did not just affect her, though. They also affected her unborn babies. Like her two born children, both of her aborted babies were irreplaceable, living human beings who had their own unique DNA, which already determined their sex, physical traits such as hair and eye color, their health and more.
“The two cells gradually and gracefully become one. This is the moment of conception, when an individual’s unique set of DNA is created, a human signature that never existed before and will never be repeated,” National Geographic reported in 2005.
Holland’s unborn babies likely had heartbeats when she aborted them, too. Scientific research has established that an unborn baby’s heartbeat begins by about 21 days after fertilization, though some researchers say it may begin as early as 16 days.
It’s clear that Holland loves and cares about her two born children. But both she and society should have extended that same love and care to her unborn babies who were aborted. Those babies were no less valuable simply because they were in the womb.