Husband insists on abortion, wife regrets it

By Sarah Terzo

From a woman who had an abortion:

I was married: I was married to a man I loved. It’s no good crying poverty to me because I’ve been poor all my life until relatively recently. I knew that his mother would rally round and my mother would rally round, and people would give me things and we would manage. That’s what you do. That’s what life is about.

But her husband insisted she get an abortion.

We spoke about it afterwards, when I turned on him in great anger. “I’m glad you’ve been able to go through this with so little apparent knowledge of what you have done [she told him]. You really don’t know what you have asked of me… I am living, and will have to live with, what I have done, and you do not know what I have done.” … I do know that it took me several years to make peace with that one.”

Mary Kenny Abortion: The Whole Story (London: Quartet Books, 1986) 67-68.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.

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