By Sarah Terzo
A book by abortion workers gives the case history of one woman who came to the clinic:
“Nancy had been through a turbulent adolescence, lack of caring for herself during her teens had resulted in two terminations and an episode of gonorrhea. She had taken on board the messages that her fertility could be affected which she felt would be deserved punishment for her past mistakes. She was now 23 and in a steady relationship. She was no longer able to stand the agony of not knowing if she could get pregnant, nor was she able to verbalize the distress, so she started having unprotected sex while her boyfriend still thought she was taking the pill.
“She got her answer to her doubts when she became pregnant and after some initial euphoria had to face up to the fact that she was still not yet in a position to be a mother. She decided to have a termination and also for the first time started being able to reflect and talk about herself.”
Joanna Brien, Ida Fairbairn, Pregnancy and Abortion Counseling (London: Routledge, 1996), p.19.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.