Pro-Choice and Post-Abortive

By Sarah Terzo

Sometimes people who are vehemently pro-choice have had abortions themselves, and are trying to justify their choice by championing other people’s abortions. Two former pro-choice activists said the following:

From a woman identified as Kelly:

“The first two years after my abortion, I was probably the strongest pro-choice supporter you could find. It was my way of making sure that what I had done was right. I often wonder about some of the louder pro-choice voices out there, because I remember feeling like that. You have to keep telling everybody that you did the right thing.”

From a woman identified as Elizabeth:

“I was a big contributor to Planned Parenthood and NARAL. It was like: this must be the right position because I have to be okay; if not… I’d have to look at what I’ve done.”

Frederica Mathews-Green, Real Choices: Offering Practical, Life-Affirming Alternatives to Abortion (Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Books, 1994) p. 117.

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