Between the lines of so many of the popular “Shout My Abortion” stories of today is strong evidence of the profound grief and pain of abortion.
The purpose of many of these abortion story-telling campaigns is to make the killing of an unborn baby seem normal and good for women. But in between insisting that they do not regret their abortions and that their abortions gave them a better life, many of these women have not been able hide how much they suffered.
In a series of abortion stories for iNews, a British woman named Sophie said she hid her pregnancy and abortion from almost everyone in her life because she was afraid of being judged.
“I think people still feel so strongly that abortion is wrong because they see it as very black and white: it’s a life,” she said. “I held a similar opinion and thought that if I found myself in that situation, I wouldn’t be able to go through with a termination so I would have to become a mum. When it came to it, I didn’t want to be a mum yet – I didn’t want to bring a life into the world that I couldn’t support.”
Sophie said she did not tell anyone that she was pregnant at first. When it came time for her abortion, she told her work colleagues that she was having a minor operation.
She said she did tell the unborn baby’s father the truth. He did not take the news well, which Sophie said made her feel even more alone.
Two days before her abortion, Sophie said she called her mother and told her what happened. She said her mother came and stayed with her before and after the abortion to provide comfort and care.
Sophie said she did not tell her father until much later, and she vowed to never tell her Catholic grandparents, fearing that they would judge her.
She described how painful the decision to abort her unborn baby was and the struggles she experienced for years afterward.
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“There was a time afterwards that I felt I was evil. That I shouldn’t have done what I did and that maybe I would never be able to carry a child again as some kind of punishment,” she said.
“Having a termination was one of the scariest and worst things I’ve ever had to do,” Sophie continued. “I thought about it every day afterwards and even two years later, it often crosses my mind.”
Despite the pain and anguish it caused her and the baby’s father, Sophie defended aborting her unborn baby.
“The decision is so much more difficult than ‘pro-life’ supporters seem to be able to comprehend,” she wrote. “More education around the whole subject would help people see that, although there are times in which people find themselves in difficult situations.”
But pro-life advocates do comprehend how difficult and painful an abortion is. Many women who now are strong pro-life advocates had abortions themselves. Their experiences prompted them to help protect other moms and babies from the same pain and regret.
Abortions hurt women and destroy their unborn children. They can damage fathers and grandparents and siblings, too. And that is why pro-life advocates work so hard to end abortion. They want to protect unborn babies and their mothers from death and years of pain and regret.