Woman pressured on all sides to abort her baby

By Sarah Terzo

“My family would not support my decision to keep my baby. My boyfriend said he would give me no emotional or financial help whatsoever. All the people that mattered told me to abort. When I said I didn’t want to, they started listing reasons why I should. They said it would be detrimental to my career, and my health, and that I would have no social life and no future. But I actually keep it alone? I started feeling like maybe I was crazy to want to keep it.

I finally told everyone that I would have the abortion just to get them off my back. But inside I still didn’t want to have the abortion. Unfortunately, when the abortion day came I shut off my inside feelings. I was scared to not do it because of how my family and boyfriend felt. I’m so angry at myself for giving in to the pressure of others. I just felt so alone in my feelings to have my baby.”

David Reardon, “Aborted Women Silent No More,” p. P3. Quoted in Randy Alcorn “Pro-life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments” (Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 2000).

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