It’s not often that stories of abortion regret are featured by the entertainment industry, which tends to be unapologetically pro-abortion. Yet on one new show, a woman discussed her heartbreaking abortion experience, and explained why she’ll never do it again.
The Netflix dating show “Love Is Blind” was a surprising hit. The premise involved 30 singles who initially had to “meet” a partner in a speed dating process — but they had to do so without ever seeing each other face-to-face. After 10 days, the men proposed to the women they had fallen in love with, at which point they finally saw each other for the first time.
On the second episode, one of the contestants, Amber Pike, opened up about her past experience with abortion after she had an unplanned pregnancy. She shared that when she told her former boyfriend she was pregnant, he asked her how she was going to “fix it.” She said the abortion was “the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through in my life,” while her former boyfriend didn’t understand how bad it was for her. The Washington Examiner reported Pike’s remarks:
After the fact, we were just talking. I’m telling him, like, I’m trying to explain what I’m going through, like, I’m having a really hard time getting out of bed in the morning. I don’t eat. I’m not really sleeping. I just — this was supposed to be my other half. And his reaction, he goes, ‘Why don’t you just get over it? You just need to get over it already. Like, move on.’ That is the last thing in the world you want to hear. I can’t survive that again. It would destroy me.”
Afterwards, Pike received heavy criticism from fans of the show for discussing her abortion experience, as well as for revealing that she was in debt. Pike was also accused of marrying her eventual husband, Matt Barnett, for the money. But Pike only opened up more about how her traumatic experience affected her.
“I think people absolutely got the wrong idea because there was a limited conversation that they were able to be privy to. As far as the debt that I had at the time, Matt also had student loans and credit cards that he was paying off,” she said in an interview with ET. “I had not been paying on my student loans, as previously mentioned. After my abortion, I had fallen into depression and dropped out of school. My mental health was more of a priority for me and I was slowly building my life together when I got the opportunity to be on this show.”
While abortion advocates frequently claim that abortion regret, or post-abortion trauma, is not real, stories like Pike’s prove them wrong. Studies that have purported to “prove” that women don’t regret their abortions have been found to be deeply flawed; the negative psychological consequences of abortion are well-documented. It’s not empowering or freeing for women to kill their own children, and it’s long past time that women are given the truth about what abortion really is and what it does — both to their preborn children, and to them.
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