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Pain never leaves those who had abortion

I am writing in response to the Feb. 4 letter headlined "Violence's role in the pro-life movement."

The writers of this piece speak of the rhetoric of the pro-life, or as they call it "anti-choice," movement by stating that the notion of abortion equaling murder is absurd.

I am pro-life. The reason I am pro-life is because I had an abortion 15 years ago. I know firsthand what it is to live with murder on a person's conscience.

I didn't need anyone to tell me I killed an innocent child. I realized it within days of the birth of my first child. Since that rude awakening, I have spent countless hours shedding tears of regret and anger.

I wish someone would have been standing outside that clinic when I used it. I wish someone would have told me that, although I was only 16 years old, it might someday weigh so heavily on my conscience that not one day or even one hour would go by without the sorrow and emptiness of my choice continuously breaking my heart.

I'm bitter because I was not forewarned that virtually every woman who chooses abortion lives to regret that choice. It may not have made a difference in my choice, but at least I would have heard another side.

The violence of abortion is becoming terrible on both sides. Taking a life is never acceptable. Only God has the right to take a life.

Violence begets violence. Nothing about the pro-life movement is rhetoric or absurd. Ask any woman who chose not to give their child life but instead to take it away forever.

KATHRYN PARKER

West Seneca

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