Death of kitten triggers woman’s post-abortive grief

By Sarah Terzo

Lurlene McDaniel recalled the following story, told to her by a post-abortive woman:

“My son’s kitten died and we had a funeral for it in the backyard. I watched his tear-stained face as he lowered the box that held his pet into the ground and felt a huge lump inside my throat. And then it occurred to me that I was shedding tears over a dead animal…a creature without a soul.

Years before, I had an abortion and never in all this time had I consciously thought about that unborn baby. I never cried for it, or about it. The revelation shook me so profoundly that I started to cry and I couldn’t stop. My son kept asking, “What’s wrong, Mommy?” And I couldn’t tell him.”

Lurlene McDaniel “And Rachel Wept” in Phyllis Tickle, ed. Confessing Conscience: Churched Women on Abortion (Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon Press, 1990) 66 – 67

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 it.