In new memoir, actress Sharon Stone writes about her abortion at 18 and her inability to have children

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

A number of times in recent years, I have opened a celebrity biography, only to find within its pages a reference to abortion. Sometimes it is the first time that the abortion has been shared publicly.

In her new memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, Hollywood actress Sharon Stone reveals that, at the age of 18, she had an abortion.

Stone writes that she and her boyfriend travelled out of state to Ohio to undergo the abortion.

“I was bleeding all over the place, and far worse than I should have been. But this was a secret and I had no one to tell. So I stayed in my room and bled for days. I was weak and scared and then just weak.”

I am struck by the depth of the trauma that Stone endured alone. And it underscores the importance of reaching out with compassion to pregnant women who may feel abandoned at their hour of greatest need.

It appears there was nothing quick and easy about Stone’s abortion. The physical aftermath continued for some time. It is heart wrenching to think about a young woman who suffers in isolation, carrying a burden no one was ever meant to bear.

Research shows that the after-effects of abortion can be profound. Physically, a woman can suffer from maladies such as a perforated uterus or excessive bleeding. Emotionally, a woman can endure great hardship as a result of abortion trauma: everything from depression to eating disorders.

With nearly 900,000 abortions performed each year, one wonders about all those other women who have been traumatized. They may never write a best-selling book, but their stories need to be heard and shared.

 Only when we begin to listen to the true stories of grief following abortion can healing begin.