One man talks about the abortion his wife had:
“In March 1979, my wife became pregnant. This was not a planned pregnancy. My wife was not using any form of birth control as she got sick from the pills and an IUD was painful for her.
My wife did not want the baby because of her age (33) and the fact she felt she had already raised three children (ages 8 to 15, from her previous marriage) at the time she did not want the pain of childbearing until she was in her late 50s. She was also just starting her career as an accountant.
I stressed to her… I loved her, would share the child raising, and I was beginning to love the baby.
In June 1979, she aborted the baby without my knowledge or consent. She had been both ill and very depressed during the pregnancy, and on the day of the abortion she was in high spirits while I was sad, angry, and cried much that day.…
I found it affected my feelings for her more than I could control…
The marriage ended on December 8, 1979, in divorce. I had loved my wife deeply ‘til that point, but I could not get out of my head that the abortion killed our love.”
Arthur B Shostak, Gary McLouth, Lynn Seng Men and Abortion: Lessons, Losses, and Love (New York, NY: Praeger, 1984) 217
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