Woman attempts suicide after abortion

By Sarah Terzo

A pro-choice textbook meant to train abortion workers recounted the following story:

“Gloria, 28 years old, had an abortion in October….she was told by her partner and brother that she should have an abortion, which she felt told her respectively that her child, and therefore herself, was unwanted, unloved, and that she could not cope. She duly had an abortion. Gloria spoke of various kinds of emotional and physical abandonment that had occurred throughout her childhood and left her unable to trust others or herself.

Although she had received counseling from the family planning nurse who was a trained counselor she had brought along her partner, and her hurt and humiliation did not emerge. She felt unable afterwards to go back to the family planning clinic as this had not been suggested and the counselor had not helped her express her feelings. She went to her GP, where there was a counselling service, and was told that the practice counselor was “full up”, a further rejection. Gloria was prescribed anti-depressants with which she tried to commit suicide.”

Joanna Brien, Ida Fairbairn Pregnancy and Abortion Counseling (London: Routledge, 1996) p. 62.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.