By Sarah Terzo
Leah, 22, who had an abortion, says it was a terrible experience:
“It still was a terrible experience.… The biggest thing was just the horror of it; I’d be so scared [if I had another abortion]… go to that terrible hospital and have those sterile, terrible nurses and doctors looking down on me, just like I was in a production line with all those other women; that would be scary for me to have to go through that again, but I still feel real strong about my life coming first in a sense, and I’m not going to have kids until I’m ready, I’m just not and I feel that I have the right to make that choice… I still put the mother’s rights first, I just do, I just feel like I have to, even though I have little twinges in me that say, “Well, you know, what about the baby, what about the baby?” But, so what about the mother, I just feel like that’s more important.”
Although she focuses mainly on herself, this woman nevertheless feels guilt and wonders about her dead baby.
Judith G. Smetana, Concepts of Self and Morality: Women’s Reasoning about Abortion (New York: Praeger Special Studies, 1982) pp. 106 – 107.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.