By Sarah Terzo
A pro-choice author (who herself had an abortion) interviewed post-abortion women for a book she wrote. She says:
Hormones cannot explain how, long after the procedure, feelings about one’s abortion can reappear with the slightest stimulation. Many women are distressed to find themselves bursting into tears when some event reminds them of their abortions. One twenty-three-year-old, who had an abortion 2 years ago, describes how disconcerting it can be for strong feelings to crash in at inopportune times. She says, “For 5 months, seeing women with babies really upset me. Sometimes I would cry. Crying when you don’t want to and you’re like “Geez, I wish this didn’t happen here.”
Eve Kushner, Experiencing Abortion: A Weaving of Women’s Words (Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Press, 1997). Page 10.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.