Skip to comments.Let Me Tell You About MY Abortion
Posted on 08/10/2006 4:13:23 PM PDT by Fishtalk
Below is a little missive I ripped out just as soon as I heard about MS. Magazines attempts to recruit abortion supporters by asking them to supply their names and their stories.
In a fit, an absolute fit of pique, I typed up my own abortion story. Then I saved it on the hard drive and pondered all week how to deal with my narrative of anger and angst.
I dont want to put it on my own Blog as frankly-MS. Magazine doesnt realize this-I am certainly not at all proud of my story.
Yet I wonder if the millions of women (yes, I bet there are that many) who had abortions REALLY told their story, well I wonder if MS. Magazine would be so damn smug with itself on this cause they champion so proudly.
Abortion is NEVER a happy thing, no mind the harpies who brought us this so-called constitutional right.
I also pondered the consequences of both identifying myself AND the male player in my sordid tale. I dont want to get sued.
Still considering and steaming with a message that I desperately want to share, I think of submitting it to one of the online Blogs and punditry sites. But I get concerned. It might not be something they want to post and then I would have gone and identified myself to complete strangers for nothing.
So I decided to post my story in its entirety right here on FreeRepublic. Understand I am scared senseless to do this as I am a right regular poster on this site and really dont want to be judged harshly.
Then again, when a story sits and boils inside, well it keeps boiling inside.
Below is my own abortion story in response to MS. Magazines request. Anyone may link to this post if it is deemed worthy. Someday I might get brave enough to post it on my Blog. If Im lucky maybe no one will see this story and hey, I still worry about the guy involved in all this. No I didnt put his name but hell know its him. Just hope I dont get sued.
Understand also that this happened to me thirty years ago. Yes indeed, yon ladies and gems, I was a fresh young thing. Roe versus Wade had just been decided. I was bright, happening and intelligent. I was a liberated woman.
Now let MS. Magazine know how a woman feels deep into mid-life when past deeds are re-visited and thought processes change.
Do you think I should send my abortion story to them?
Do You Really Want to Know About My Abortion?
"Ms. Magazine's latest pro-abortion message invites women and girls who have undergone the procedure to submit their names for inclusion in the magazine and sign an online petition stating that "I have had an abortion."
The petition targets the recent South Dakota abortion ban, which has been stayed until voters in the state decide on the November ballot whether they want to overturn the ban."
So this missive passes over my Internet-surfing monitor and I pause.
Ms. Magazine. Once upon a time I subscribed to Ms. Magazine. Was a subscriber for over ten years. Once upon a time I was a women's libber of the highest order. Once upon a time I had an abortion and now is the time for me to step right up, be a "manly man" about it, and tell my story.
Ms. Magazine is not going to like it all.
In my pause I ponder publicly identifying myself. For as the article in the link indicates, women are very reluctant to admit beyond girlfriend confidences that they have had an abortion. Although Ms. Magazine and the feminists behind it truly want women to be proud of that which they have managed to gain for the females of this nation: that of abortion on demand. Once upon a time I thought this was a very neat thing. It was 1976, a mere five years after the Supreme Court invented the new abortion right that they somehow saw in our constitution. I was a fresh 25 years of age, divorced and heartbroken after my childhood sweetheart and husband left me. I had a very good job, my own home, was three years into college, night school and it was tough, and not at all unattractive in that manner of 25 year old females. Hey, I was happening, hip, cool and all that the feminists should have adored.
Next I must ponder, seriously, telling my story in any public fashion for fear of identifying the male involved in this abortion. Not that I know if he can do anything about it, like sue me or anything. And not that I've laid eyeballs on him for almost 30 years, but if he should read the story, he will know it is him. Though I won't give his name, I'm not going to be kind to him at all.
So I will identify myself via a link to my Blog. I will not post this to my Blog but I will show some courage because, well Ms. Magazine wants me to and I can't let down Gloria Steinham, who was part and parcel of my own abortion experience.
His name was Gregory (NOT!) and he came into my life when my life had finally settled down after my sad divorce. I had a house, a result of my divorce settlement. Gregory had a job with a government contractor which paid well. We were both college educated, free, monetarily secure and we talked of a future together. We often talked of our future children, which Gregory would refer to as "little Yegory" in a play on his name. I knew what I wanted: a happy marriage, perhaps two children, my college degree and a good job. Gregory knew what I wanted as I often told him. What I wanted was fairly typical of females my age although it was archaic to admit it in that era of raging feminism.
It's no mind how on earth I got pregnant because birth control pills were widely available. I don't know why I didn't use them but I did use some form of birth control. Which didn't work.
Because I was young and had no children as of yet, I wasn't paying attention to such as cycles. At some point the pregnancy advanced beyond the first trimester before even my naïve self got a clue. We didn't have pregnancy tests that could bought in the grocery thus it was a way bigger deal to check a possible pregnancy test than it is today.
There was little time. On Wednesday I found out I was pregnant and on the following Friday I had an abortion.
Gregory, sweet thing, had arranged the whole thing. As I recall, earlier that week Gregory told me to please don't call him at work with the pregnancy test results and I told him I wouldn't. It would "upset" him. As I recall, when I got the results from the doctor I called Gregory right up and told him because why should only I know? Goes to Gregory's character.
My company-paid health insurance covered the abortion but there was a $200 deductible. Which Gregory paid out his own pocket, driving over fifty miles to the hospital that would be doing the abortion because they wouldn't even schedule a room until the deductible was paid. Goodness Gregory even spent the night at my house the night before the abortion (no, we didn't live together) as he was "concerned" for me.
Come the Friday, Gregory helped me to the car and drove steadily and purposefully to the abortion clinic.
Why did Gregory and I choose to have an abortion? Frankly, I have no idea. I do know that when something so monumental happens and there is only a space of two days to make a decision, common sense and morality sometimes goes out the window. I also know that Gregory suggested the abortion because he wasn't "ready" and as my young self saw it, I didn't want to have a baby with a man of age 35 who wasn't "ready". Had I more time to think about it, had Gregory not jumped through every hoop on the planet to facilitate all this, had the abortion clinic not been in such a hurry for as it was they were pushing the limit with my abortion then well beyond the first trimester, had any or all of these things changed in terms of the timing, I don't think I would have had that abortion.
Which does not matter, frankly, because Gregory and I are both murderers and it isn't easy admitting you're a murderer. To add to the intrigue, Gregory was a dyed-in-the-wool Conservative, was even a member of the John Birch society. He regularly ranted about politics, liberals and the coming domination of the Communists. I was, a sweet, young and dewy-eyed thing, a liberal. This was during the era of Richard Nixon. I brazenly put a bumper sticker on my car that read "Don't Blame Me, I Didn't Vote For Him". Gregory ripped the bumper sticker off of my car, my car! Right in my own driveway in front of my own house!
We fought about politics all the time-I the liberal, he the "manly man" conservative. I urge anyone reading this to visit my Blog as this is not meant as a slam against male conservatives. I am much older now, and much wiser. Gregory was no manly-man and now I truly understand the definition of the term.
The man killed his own child.
Gloria Steinham and Ms Magazine aren't going to like this at all.
After the abortion, which was so painful that I suffered physically for almost a month afterward, Gregory and I continued to see each other but not for long. I threw Gregory over the bow just as soon as I could because, hey, he was a creep and a hypocrite. At some point we've all been there and done that.
I am quite sure that Gregory has never been married because, well that was the whole problem as any discerning reader, especially female readers, could see way up in this missive. To his "credit", I suppose, Gregory did have quite the mental breakdown after that abortion and begged me to forgive him. While I, in the meantime, waited until an appropriate amount of time then I dumped him. He threatened to kill himself. He called my co-workers and begged them to put me on the phone. Finally I had to call his parents and ask them to please go over there and deal with Gregory. I was nice about it and everything but Gregory was out of my life and it was my legal right to decide this.
As for me, I went on to get married and I did have a daughter. A daughter who would not be here if it were not for that abortion. Had I not had that abortion I would have been giving birth to Gregory's baby around the time my daughter was conceived. I've often justified that abortion by rationalizing that one child was lost but another child was born that wouldn't have been.
What a crock.
Hey, Ms. Magazine...that's my abortion story. If you really cared about the females you purportedly represent, you'd have ensured that pregnant women considering an abortion would have a required length of time before actually undergoing the procedure. If you really cared about the females you represent, you would have set term limits and prevented women like me from aborting a child that might well have survived outside the womb. If you really cared about the females you represent, you'd have demanded counseling and care for women like me who have Gregorys behind the scenes and pulling the strings. Gregory likes Ms. Magazine, however.
I changed fate, God's plan, and murdered a baby. While I might be tough on Gregory, I admit my part in the crime. I can't change it and for sure I will pay some eternal price for it after my death. Not to mention the hurt and pain I suffer when I ponder what that little life would have been had it not had two of the most selfish parents on the planet.
It's not nice. Not nice at all.
That's my abortion story.
That's a pretty hard story to write. I hope it provides some of the healing that you need....prepare yourself for remarks that may be made ignorantly. No one else knows your scars for that decision.
I think you should send it in - and "gregory" is the last person I'd consider in the big picture.
Best to you.
hugs...and a freepmail in a minute.
Tell it like it is, Sister!
You are very brave and thank you for sharing.
I would send your story to Ms. and Double Dog Dare them to print it.
Dollars to Donuts, they won't.
That was very brave of you... I found it really compelling that you were straightforward and factual, and have interesting and VERY moderate suggestions as to how to begin to turn things around at the abortion clinics.
As always, I think that paying for sins on this plain, regardless of the magnitude, begins with an act of contrition... beyond that, I wish you well, and thanks for your post.
It was brave of you to post this. Have you asked our Lord for His forgiveness? This gesture might bring peace and healing. V's wife.
I would be interested it what other items played a part in your assumed transition from thinking of yourself as a liberal to your political sensibilites today.
You are oh so brave!
I've had friends who've gone through abortions... 4 that I know of .. and every one was very upset by it. (Upset is such a weak word... it was more than that.)
Thank you for putting on paper .. for sharing the lies that women are fed ...
I admire your courage. Forgiveness is available. And it's free.
God bless you. Your story has great value. Don't be ashamed to tell it.
a must read.
We divorced two years later. I still have nightmares.
Before either my mother or my older sister were born my mom was pregnant with another potential son. Towards the end of the pregnancy she became extremely anemic and almost died.
If she had not had an abortion, she most likely would have died, and I wouldn't be here today.
"Before either my mother or my older sister"
Should read "before either me or my older sister." oops
I'm sorry for your loss.
Amen. It is time for all to "play nice."
Christ paid for it all...EVERY BIT OF SIN. Mine, yours, all of it. Accept the gift that He has freely given...accept Christ and all will be forgiven. And please find it within your heart to forgive yourself....Christ will forgive you, so YOU should forgive you.
Thank YOU for speaking the truth....so that those who are contemplating taking the same path may learn from your experience.
"Christ paid for it all...EVERY BIT OF SIN. Mine, yours, all of it. Accept the gift that He has freely given...accept Christ and all will be forgiven."
Do you have any evidence to support this claim?
You honor us with your trust.
May we honor you with understanding.
>It's not nice. Not nice at all.<
Your story could save other girls or women from having an abortion. Thank you for having the courage to post it here.
I am very sorry for the loss of your baby, your first child.
Don't waste your time sending this in to MS. magazine. It will go directly into the round file.
You'll see your first child someday, in Heaven. He won't be nearly as hard on you as you are on yourself.
You will be able to wisely guide your daughter on life's serious choices. She will make better decisions.
God bless you all.
bump for later
I am an unabashed pro-lifer. But I'd welcome you and your family as neighbors and friends any ol' time.
I hope you don't learn the hard way that although you think these people are your friends, when it comes to abortion, all bets are off. I shared my abortion story, which wasn't quite like yours, about four years ago. TO THIS DAY, people here will throw it in my face (BABY KILLER) when it suits them. So I understand your need and your honesty...but be prepared for the worst.
Is there a reason you're doing the best to hijack this thread?? Shoo!
Post 24 - ditto for you.
Is it possible they do that because you are constantly posting rancid anti-life thoughts? Just maybe . . . ?
So then, you're pro-life now?
Which does not matter, frankly, because Gregory and I are both murderers and it isn't easy admitting you're a murderer.
Well, I'm taking a chance here too, although I've posted it on other message boards. I also had an abortion and it affected me negatively for a long time. They try to tell you it doesn't, but I would bet that for a good majority it does. I also feel that I am a murder, but I will say that I've been forgiven by God and only thru him was I able to forgive myself.
I just had to tell you that you aren't alone...there are plenty of others out here.
Thanks for sharing!
If I were pro-life now, would that make what I did ok to you?
God bless you!
I have thought for years that abortion-on-demand would come to an end shortly after its adult victims begin to speak out. There must be millions of women who now see abortion as you do but have not yet found the courage you have shown in telling your story.
I can't help but think of the saying, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." The day will come when this nation finds out that all the fury of Hell itself is nothing compared to the fury of a generation of women who realize the serpentine lie they were fed ended in the violation of their femininity, their womanhood and the death of their children. Abortion-on-demand will have just recently been outlawed.
This column totally reaffirms my belief in the redemptive healing power of God.
I just asked a question - you're the one that posted - but I have a feeling like most of your postings it's just to bring the discussion back around to your favorite topic. YOU -
What a ridiculous thing to say...since you know me so well then you should know my thoughts on abortion...I've never wavered...they should be very, very difficult to get, parental notification a must, no government funding...but NOT illegal.
So you're not pro-life, you're pro-choice. Just come out and say it...
I AM PRO-CHOICE.
Hildy, I don't know your story, however, I was in a position at one time in my life to consider an abortion. I did not choose that route, but at my age and in my situation had I not had a supportive guy in my life, I may well have chosen to do it because I was squishy on whether it was right or wrong at the time.
God can forgive anything if you ask and if you believe in his Son (for all I know you already have). We have all sinned, it's what humans do. God bless those who have transgressed but are willing to stand up and tell their stories to help others avoid the same mistakes. It takes courage and a certain amount of selflessness.
Great, now go make another thread all about you!
I did it, I have no regrets and I'm not going to lie about it to make myself feel any other way than I do or so others don't call me names. And there are plenty of women who feel exactly the way I do.
I say this because there's always two sides to a story. I believe the poster and her heartfelt story. But that's HER story and everyone's story is different.
You're the one doing that, not me.
Actually, the truth is I thought I wrote that first post as a private note not to talk about abortion, but to warn the woman who started the thread that she may get some flak about her confession, that's all. I just hit the wrong button.
God Bless you. You are truly sorry for it, I can hear the pain in your words. Put it in God's hands. Ask His forgiveness. He will forgive anything. Don't anguish yourself over it, put it in God's hands.
Praying for you.
So, you don't repent. I'm sorry to hear that. But God bless you anyway. It's between you and Him.
The Bible. Wouldn't you know it, I thread that is very sensitive and someone is trying to comfort and it has to turn to Anti-Christianity. Try it, you might like it.
Not trying to be smart, but I have had things in my life, that if I didn't have Christ to put my burdens on, I don't know where I would be. Please, don't mock our faith in our Lord, just because you don't agree. You might find yourself in the same place someday.
I remember the '70's very well. There but for the grace of God go I. Most of my girlfriends during that era had abortions -- all have suffered as a result.
I pray that you will know the sweet balm of forgiveness. I do not know your religion, and I do not wish to offend...but for those of us who are Christian, we find solace in knowing that our Savior suffered our sins to free us from them. If He can forgive you, surely you are bound to forgive yourself.
You are not alone. We all have sinned and strive to overcome... "Redemption" is so beautiful and I am sure you have done much good in your life.
Blessings, my dear. May peace and joy be yours.
>>"Christ paid for it all...EVERY BIT OF SIN. Mine, yours, all of it. Accept the gift that He has freely given...accept Christ and all will be forgiven."
Do you have any evidence to support this claim?<<
MH, this is a sensitive, personal thread - there's lots of people here that would be glad to discuss why we believe in God, in a different thread. but I'd like to ask you nicely to not take this particular thread down a confrontational road.
How sorry I am for you. I am very pro-life but I won't judge you. I have done thngs in life I am not too proud about. Thankfully, I have Christ.