Her secret abortions haunted her on her deathbed

By Sarah Terzo

sadwoman02[1] … I recall a story my mother shared with me when coming into my puberty. She told me that my paternal grandmother on her deathbed was quite frightened of dying. She confessed to my mother, who attended her passing, that she was “afraid to meet all her dead babies on the other side.” It seems Grandma had induced several abortions which were secrets kept from family and friends alike. At death’s door, Grandma confronted her previous liaisons with mortality and murder, carrying this hidden fear for years.

That story made a strong impression on me, as I had been taught through the popular “planned parenthood” information materials that abortion was more like a tooth extraction than murder. A little painful, but not such a moral crisis. How could this be true when Grandma carried that guilt all her life? I couldn’t imagine similarly repenting my dentistry operations upon my deathbed.

[1] Jeannine Parvati Baker, “The Sword was not with the Goddess: A Spiritual Midwife addresses the need to heal abortion.” Feminism & Nonviolence Studies Fall 1998 – Special Issue on Spiritual Diversity.

Editor’s note. This appeared at ClinicQuotes.com and is reprinted with permission.