Germaine Greer on Miscarriage and Abortion

By Sarah Terzo

Germaine Greer
Photo: Helen Morgan

Feminist Germaine Greer says the following about abortion:

“A ten-week foetus is not pink jelly, but only the woman who loses her baby spontaneously is likely to know how human the tiny creature was and to grieve for it for the rest of her life. Women presenting for abortion…are shielded from grief…and from guilt.”

Germaine Greer,  “Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility ” Olympic Marketing Corp; Reprint edition (April 1985).

It is often only later, when a woman learns the facts about fetal development, that she begins to feel intense grief and guilt. The abortion clinic may hide the facts about the unborn baby, but they cannot censor everything the woman sees for the rest of her life. Eventually, she will be exposed to the truth – and in the emotional fallout can be agonizing.

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