By Sarah Terzo
A British woman spoke about the “counseling” she got before her abortion:
“I went to see the BPAS [British Pregnancy Advisory Service]; the people I saw seemed impersonal, very businesslike in their attitude and there was no counseling… Although I was 11 weeks pregnant, I was told it was just a collection of cells – not a baby – which was precisely what I needed to hear in order to justify myself to myself. To get through I needed to dehumanize the baby and maintain absolute denial. The abortion was booked for three weeks’ time.”
Melanie Symonds, Phyllis Bowman: And Still They Weep: Personal Stories of Abortion (The SPUC Educational Research Trust, 1996), p. 4.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.