By Sarah Terzo
From a woman who had an abortion because her baby was handicapped. This woman describes being at the abortion clinic and seeing all the women there who were having abortions because they didn’t want a baby She thought that her situation was different because she wanted the baby until finding out the baby would have something wrong with it. She describes being in the recovery room:
“And what stands out in my mind is that there was this very young, beautiful teenager, a young Asian girl, and while I was resting, you know, recuperating, waiting to go downstairs, she got up from the cot and stepped on the scale, you know, to see if she’d lost any weight. I just about died. I felt so bad for her. Oh, Jesus! I just felt bad like, she missed the whole point. Maybe she’s lucky to have been, you know, so stupid. But it’s a f—ing tragedy, to be so stupid about something so valuable.”
She considered the girl’s baby to have been valuable, because (she assumes) it had been healthy. Her own baby, of course, had ceased to be valuable as soon as she found out it would not be “normal.” But she also seems to realize the gravity of the abortion decision, while the “Asian girl” does not.
From Rayna Rapp, “Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: the Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America” (New York: Routledge, 1999) p. 237
Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.