Woman’s abortion grief triggered when coworker becomes pregnant

By Sarah Terzo

Karen K. writes about her abortion:

“The doctor at the campus clinic asked me if I wanted to be pregnant.

“No,” I responded.

“Ten minutes, and you won’t have to think about it for the rest of your life,” was his retort.

He was wrong.

Fourteen years later at my worksite, a single coworker became pregnant. I had to interact with her on a daily basis. My defenses and denial crashed. I realized that I could have been the one carrying a baby to term. After work I’d go home, lay down, and cry. Dealing with the grief and loss of what really happened on the abortion table was critical. It was my baby, the child I never had.”

Wendy Williams, Ann Caldwell, Empty Arms: More Than 60 Life-Giving Stories of Hope from the Devastation of Abortion (Chattanooga, Tennessee: Living Ink Books, 2005) p. 93.

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