Writer Plans to Abort Her Baby: “It’s a Weight Off My Shoulders”

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 14, 2017   |   11:46AM   |   Washington, DC

A British writer told her abortion story to the women’s magazine Marie Claire this week, claiming that the painful experience of killing the “little human inside” her also was a big relief.

Samantha Lewis was six weeks pregnant when she began writing the piece. By this point in her pregnancy, her unborn baby’s heart already was beating and he or she had their own unique DNA.

Lewis even acknowledged that she was carrying a baby several times in her piece.

I’m pregnant, but I’m not going to have the baby,” she wrote. “I’m having an abortion. It feels like a weight off my shoulders just to admit it.”

Crying continuously about the decision, Lewis said she found some relief in sharing her abortion plans online. She said other women who also had abortions comforted and supported her, and one even called to talk over the decision.

Lewis wrote:

As tiring as it is growing a little human inside you, while getting up to pee four times a night and struggling to eat or keep down food, nothing is more tiring than the silence I feel enveloped by. An unplanned pregnancy is stressful and abortion is not an easy topic to discuss, but I can’t help feeling that it would make life so much easier if women like me were able to share their experiences outside of the Marie Stopes helpline.

I keep crying at work because I can’t stop thinking about it. One of the hardest things is that it is constantly on my mind. It doesn’t matter how straight-forward the decision might seem, it doesn’t make having an abortion any easier. I’m exhausted from keeping it a secret. …

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The abortion is in two days and it’s only just struck me how sad I feel about it. It feels strange that in two days’ time I’ll no longer be pregnant – my body will be mine again. No one wants to have an abortion, they just don’t want an unplanned pregnancy.

Later in the piece, she described having the abortion and feeling relief afterward.

I wake up the day afterwards feeling so relieved,” Lewis wrote. “I feel like my body is my own again.”

It’s clear from Lewis’s writing that her abortion was an extremely painful decision, one that she did not want to make. She seemed to realize, in some way, that she was ending her own child’s life.

Tragically, she did not seem to realize that she did not have to put herself or her child through the painful, life-ending ordeal. She could have chosen to give her child the life that he/she deserves. She could have chosen to take responsibility and parent or make an adoption plan. Instead, she paid an abortionist to end her child’s life.

The abortion industry twists its deadly business in such a way as to convince women that they are not strong enough or capable enough to have a child. They tell women that aborting their own child is the best thing for them.

Yet, over and over again, women describe how painful and emotionally trying their abortions were. Women deserve to know that they have other, better choices for themselves and their unborn babies. Parenting is not easy, nor is making an adoption plan for a child, but neither come with the pain and regret of ending a unique, living unborn baby’s life.

Pro-lifers are eager and more than willing to help support women and their babies. Pro-life advocates work hard to save both mother and child from the pain and death of abortion. Sidewalk counselors offer information and resources, pregnancy centers provide material support and counseling, maternity homes provide temporary shelter and much more. They work hard to help protect every woman and her unborn child from the pain and death of abortion.