“A black cloud hung over me,” post-abortion woman says

By Sarah Terzo

Postabortion woman Athlynn Reeves shares her story. She got pregnant when she was in college.

“The month between pregnancy and abortion was a time of extreme crisis. My goals! My dreams! No money! I sought counsel from a nursing student, who said, ‘It’s just a blob of tissue.’ I sought counsel from clergy at my church, and she said, ‘Whatever you decide, God will understand.’ Society, a family member, and all but one friend said abortion was the way. One friend said, ‘If you choose abortion, God won’t like it.’ I hung up on her. My heart was like stone…

“That day in January turned my life to death. The day I killed my child, I died, too… A black cloud hung over me. I never knew abortion would do that.”

Wendy Williams, Ann Caldwell, Empty Arms: More Than 60 Life-Giving Stories of Hope from the Devastation of Abortion (Chattanooga, Tennessee: Living Ink Books, 2005), p.166