There was no concern or compassion
I was 17 when I became pregnant. I wanted to have the child, but my
boyfriend threatened me. I was also terrified of the reaction of my father. I
was in a small town and didn’t know where to turn. I opened the phone book to
Planned Parenthood as that was the only name I had heard of.
Were you given adequate information and counseling prior to the
No! Very little information was given. I asked about the development of the
child and was ignored, the issue was side-stepped. I wanted alternatives and was
told in many different ways that this was my only option, it was best for
everyone, unless I wanted to ruin my life.
It was horrible! There was no concern or compassion. Just in and out (the
doctor). I was in no way prepared for the experience.
It changed me forever. I knew immediately that I had done something horrible.
It changed my attitude toward men. I became cold, untrusting, unable for years
to maintain a steady relationship. I was angry at my parents for not having me
feel that I could approach them.
After the abortion I started drinking. All through college I drank,
experimented with drugs, and ran from the pain. I was severely bulimic (after
being anorexic for about 1 year). About ten years later, I sought counseling for
my eating disorders. I was on the verge of suicide, mental breakdown. It was at
that time that I discovered the root was the abortion. It changed me from a
happy, bubbly girl, to a depressed, angry, hurting woman. Positive changes
didn’t begin to occur until I sought reconciliation with the Lord through a
wonderful priest. I pray daily that through my efforts I can save one
woman the pain and suffering of abortion, one child the horrible death that mine
endured. I also thank Jesus for my healing, and for the wonderful priest that
took time to start the healing process.