She remembered women wailing after their abortions

By Sarah Terzo

A post-abortion woman named Sophia wrote:

“In the clinic in Brighton, I asked the nurse if I could be told whether it was a boy or a girl. I got a brisk reply: “We don’t talk about that here.”

When I came around after the operation, I was in excruciating pain from cramps. All around me I could hear the wailing of the other girls – it’s the most terrible place for a woman to be in. No love or care was shown to any of us – we were just put out and operated on. There was the odd boyfriend there, hanging around awkwardly before going off to the beach when his girlfriend was wheeled away…

I was discharged with a few antibiotic pills. I was relieved, and wrote in my diary, “It’s all over.” What a lie! If I was honest, I felt dead inside…”

Melanie Symonds, Phyllis Bowman , And Still They Weep: Personal Stories of Abortion (The SPUC Educational Research Trust, 1996), pp. 46 – 47.

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