“Those fatal few minutes that I will regret to my dying day”

By Sarah Terzo

Editor’s note. My family and I will be on our vacation through August 27. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked.

One woman talks about her abortion:

“It has been 10 years now, almost to this day, and I can still remember, clearly, those fatal few minutes that I will regret to my dying day. The abortionist did not speak or look at me except to growl, ‘Be quiet and keep still,’ when I began to shake and cry against my own will as I felt his cold, sharp instruments cutting out the life that had been growing inside me for the past three months. The sound of the fetus dropping into the plastic bucket held between my legs is a sound I cannot erase from my memory, and to this day my throat feels choked and my stomach tenses, as I fight back tears for the baby I allowed to be killed.”

This comes from Melinda Tankard Reist, “Giving Sorrow Words: Women’s Stories of Grief after Abortion” (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2007), p. 37.

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