It was a numbing and heartless experience
I had an abortion while I was in college. There was absolutely no informed
consent. I was a student and the doctor didn't even discuss any other options
with me at all. He simply made arrangements for me to have an abortion and sent
me on my way.
When I got to the abortion clinic no one (again) discussed anything about the
procedure. They just had me sign some papers, check my hemoglobin and vital
signs, did a quick pelvic exam and then performed the abortion.
The "counseling" afterward consisted of discussion of what type of birth
control I wanted to use. It was a numbing and heartless experience. Four years
later, I miscarried my second child and four years after that my third child was
delivered by emergency c-section and is severely disabled with cerebral palsy.
We have a son who is healthy, praise the Lord and I'm due in two weeks with my
fifth child who will also be delivered by c-section. No one's ever been able to
tell us what caused our third child's problems, but I often wonder if it had
something to do with my abortion. I guess I'll never know, until I go home with
the Lord and He reveals all truth.
In the process of all this, I dedicated my life to Christ, received
forgiveness for my many sins (the worst of them being my abortion), and have
been active in the pro-life movement. I picketed and did some sidewalk
counseling with a group called "Operation Goliath". I also worked as an OB/GYN
nurse at a local hospital on the weekends and saw women admitted after
complications at the local clinic. I volunteered as a counselor one day a week
at a crisis pregnancy center. I figured with my background, perhaps I could
reach these girls/women with the truth. I fully support your research and if
there's any way I can help please let me know.