Shortly after one 17-year-old girl took the abortion pill, she shared her abortion story on the page AbortionChangesYou.com, where she described being emotionally traumatized by seeing her baby.
She said when she got pregnant, she immediately wanted an abortion and revealed that her boyfriend “could have gotten into serious legal trouble if anybody found out,” indicating that he was an adult and she was a minor — a case of statutory rape. Fortunately, her relationship with the older man had ended, but she still felt protective of him and did not want to get him in trouble.
She also spoke of her fear of the potential “humiliation and shame I would feel as the youngest person in my family; the immature one, incapable of making decisions or even avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.” She never told her parents or her family about her pregnancy.
She dismissed the idea of adoption, feeling that she “couldn’t live with it hanging over [her] head for the rest of [her] life.”
However, before the abortion, she had a strong sense that her preborn baby was a girl. This feeling did not stop her from having an abortion. She said that she thought abortion would be easy. When she had the ultrasound at the abortion facility, she refused to look at it: “I wanted to know nothing about my ultrasound… The ultrasound confirmed that I was within the time limit to take the abortion pill, and that’s all I’ll ever know.”
She described screaming in pain during her abortion:
I took the first dose yesterday, followed by horrible nausea, and the second dose earlier today, when it was time. I was home alone. It was the worst pain i have ever gone through, by far. I’m thankful no one was home, because I was screaming like I never have before with each aggressive squeeze i felt.
But seeing her baby was the most traumatic thing. They did not prepare her at the abortion facility for what she would see or tell her the truth about her child, whom she says was “starting to look like a person”:
Finally, i felt something lurch forward inside of me, and when i sat in the bathroom, i felt her come out. I knew to expect blood clotting, but nothing could’ve prepared me for seeing her body. It was the color of my own skin and was actually starting to look like a person. There was nothing I could do except flush. Now that the physical pain is over, that will haunt me for the rest of my life.
She found out the truth about how developed her baby was too late. She now regrets her abortion:
It’s been less than a day, and I already would do anything to take back what I did, to make arrangements for an open adoption, to get to know what I created, to hold my baby and meet her in person, alive. I’ve never felt so guilty, no matter what anyone says about how it’s okay. Unfortunately, it will never be okay. I was the only person she ever knew.
Had this young woman known the facts about fetal development before her abortion, she may not have gone through with it. A pregnancy resource center would’ve told her the truth. The abortion facility lied by omission when they didn’t tell her how developed her child would be.
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