Author describes boyfriend’s reaction to her pregnancy

By Sarah Terzo

CG Richardson wrote a memoir about her postabortion trauma. She had four abortions and deeply regretted them. She describes the reaction of her boyfriend, Alex, to her pregnancy, and how his reaction led her to have an abortion:

“… Before long I was uttering this to Alex, “I’ve missed my period!” His response was not the reaction I expected! “So what do you want me to do about it?” I was crushed at his insensitivity! I became very upset at how cold and callous he was…

I had all but forgotten about it when next month rolled around and still “No Period!”…

“You’re pregnant?” questioned Alex. “Are you sure?”… He paced for a minute or two and said, “I can’t support a baby right now; I have big plans for my career! I don’t intend to stay a fast-food manager all of my life!”…

“I’ll arrange to have an abortion,” I said to Alex. I spoke it in haste hoping he would try to talk me out of it but he didn’t; instead, he let out a sigh of relief. “You want me to go with you?” he asked. I couldn’t believe my ears!…

As we talked further, he didn’t think he should have to pay for it all, so I agreed to split it with him!…

I had never realized how selfish he was before and I began to wonder how I ever cared about him at all.”

CG Richardson, No One to Hear Their Cries (Lulu, 2007) pp.46, 47 – 48, 49, 52 – 53.

While this may not fit the category of “coerced abortion” exactly, it’s clear that Richardson wanted her baby and it was the father’s decision to abort. She was not empowered by her abortion, nor was it her free choice.

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