Lena, from Queensland, became pregnant at 25 by a man she loved:
“He encouraged me to wait until we were married, wait until we had spent more time with each other, wait until we had more money, wait until we did all the things we wanted to do together, and wait until the time was right. I desperately needed some support and agreed out of trust. After all, as some consolation, I had all these other things he wanted with me to look forward to.…
Shortly afterwards, the relationship failed. She says:
“I have just come to the end of this relationship and I can’t help but feel tricked somewhere along the line. We never got to that stage again and at the end of it all I am left alone without the love of either the father or the child… I feel I have lost something I can never regain.”
Melinda Tankard Reist Giving Sorrow Words: Women’s Stories of Grief after Abortion (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2007) 26
Too often, husbands or boyfriends pressure women to have abortions, then break up with them after the abortion. They often promised many things, and put a lot of pressure on the woman. One study shows that 64% of women are pressured into abortions by the men in their lives.
Abortion wounds one and kills another. It’s time to end the tragedy of human abortion, both for the children who are dying and their mothers who are stumbling to the slaughter. It’s time to reclaim our humanity.
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