Post-abortive woman wishes she had “jumped up from the table and said, ‘No! I have changed my mind. I want my baby!’”

By Sarah Terzo

One woman had an abortion at 19. Her boyfriend, who she had been dating for only three months, wanted the abortion:

“When I told him that I was pregnant, he didn’t say anything. He just looked out the window. When I brought it up later he said that there were other options like abortion and adoption…

I had my abortion on August 13, 1998. It’s a date I will NEVER forget.

My boyfriend didn’t come with me to the clinic. He said he had to work. So his mom went with me. At the time, I didn’t think anything of it. But now I wonder if she came not for support, but because she didn’t want me to have the baby, and wanted to make sure that I went through with it… I now wonder why his mom never asked me if this was something that I was sure I wanted to do…

I opted to go to sleep for my abortion. Which by that I should have known that if I was too afraid to be awake, I shouldn’t have been having an abortion, I remember the doctor saying I would be asleep soon. Then they were just talking amongst themselves like what we’re about to do was NO BIG DEAL! …

I was crying… I wish I had jumped up from the table and said “NO! I HAVE CHANGED MY MIND, I WANT MY BABY! I WANT MY BABY!”

But I just let myself fall asleep and I don’t know if I will ever be able to forgive myself for that.”

Quoted in Martha Jensen,  Abortion: Information and One’s Own Journey (2020).

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission. Sarah Terzo is offering a short, free pro-life eBook that exposes the pro-choice movement. Click here to get.