By Sarah Terzo
Carol Jackson wrote a book about her trauma after an abortion. She writes:
… I led a secret promiscuous lifestyle and numbed myself with food, alcohol, and sometimes drugs… My life looked good on the outside, but I hated myself.
Had I not feared the devastating effects on my three living children, I would have committed suicide. I spent hours planning how to do it and trying to work up the courage. I did make one halfhearted attempt…
At the same time as my life was unraveling behind the scenes, I was also active in my church, having grown up in the church. I taught Sunday school, went on a mission trip, and worked on the Billy Graham Crusade team when he came to Cleveland. I had a responsible job, moving up from an administration position into management. I got elected to the local school board…
Because I had been so successful in blocking memories of the abortion, I never made any connection with the mess my life was, until I turned on the car radio one day. I was driving and listening to Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family interview some woman about post-abortion syndrome… By the time she got done explaining it, I was crying so hard I had to pull off the road… I had all but one of the symptoms.
Carol Jackson, I’m Sorry: Recovering from the Right to Choose (2020) pp. 28, 29, 30, 32 – 33.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.