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Five Women Reveal the Heartbreaking Impact Abortion Had on Their Lives

Posted by on May. 8, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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Five Women Reveal the Heartbreaking Impact Abortion Had on Their Lives

Five women have come together to counter recent stories and videos that have offered a positive perspective on abortion by highlighting the negative and life-altering impact their own procedures had on their lives.

From left to right: Abby Johnson, Brice Griffin, Beatrice Fedor, Ashley Granger and Jewels Green (Abby Johnson)

From left to right: Abby Johnson, Brice Griffin, Beatrice Fedor, Ashley Granger and Jewels Green (Abby Johnson)

Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who is now a pro-life activist, rallied four other women to join her in sharing their stories of intense emotional pain, suicidal inclinations and ongoing guilt after their abortions.

Johnson told TheBlaze that the group is hoping to offer a response to the so-called “pro-voice” movement, which she said is “trying to paint abortion in a positive light.”

“What that movement has failed to do is walk with women past their initial abortion,” Johnson said. “Five years, 10 years, 20 years … will they still feel empowered by their decision? We don’t know. But the five women in this post have experienced the long term pain of abortion.”

In the post, “Our Five Surprises After Abortion,” Johnson shared her own personal story, saying that she never considered how her two abortions would impact others, including her four children.

“One day in the car, my daughter (out of nowhere) asked if someday she would be able to see her siblings in heaven. I asked her what she meant…honestly, hoping that she was not talking about my own two abortions,” Johnson wrote.

She continued, “She said that she knew I had two abortions and she wanted to know if she would ever get to meet those babies because she said, ‘in my heart, I miss them.’ I never knew I would pass that sort of heartbreak on to my children.”

Writer Jewels Green, also a former abortion clinic worker, said in her own testimony that abortion negatively impacted her life.

“Within days I was consumed by overwhelming grief and intractable guilt and attempted suicide,” Green wrote. “After spending a month in a psychiatric unit to recover, I worked in an abortion center for five years in an attempt to assuage my guilt, normalize my trauma, and rationalize away my pain. I wandered through life trying to fill the void where my baby should have been.”

Green said she still feels regret over her abortion, but that she has found inner peace by allowing herself to grieve and by sharing her story.

Ashley Granger also recalled wanting to end her life after having an abortion, describing how she hit “rock bottom.”

“I tried to commit suicide three times, withdrew from friends and family, and I was pretty much high all time to stay numb inside,” she said. “After seeking help for most of these issues (except for the abortion) I felt much better. I got married and became pregnant again.”

It wasn’t until she was married and pregnant again, though, that Granger said she realized the full scope of her actions. Despite being overjoyed in pregnancy, she recalled also grieving the life of her first child.

Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

Photo credit: Shutterstock

And then there’s Brice Griffin, founder of the Charlotte Center for Women, a pro-life ministry, who experienced 10 years of personal shame after her abortion, eventually finding comfort and forgiveness among friends and family who came alongside her.

And Béatrice Fedor, another woman who had two abortions before she was married, described the emotional pain she felt and the nightmares she experienced as a result of her decision.

“Abortion impacts us long after we leave the clinic,” she said. “We can’t suppress motherhood now and start again when the stars are aligned. Women deserve choices they can live with.”

Johnson, Green, Granger, Griffin and Fedor are using their stories to show the harmful side effects they claim to have experienced following abortion. While their stories in many ways differ from one another, they also share some striking similarities in how they struggled emotionally with the choice.

Their blog post detailing these stories follows news of 25-year-old Emily Letts who recently filmed her own abortion procedure to “show women that there is such thing as a positive abortion story

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idunno1234
by Silver Member on May. 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM
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I don't get it.

Lots of women feel guilty and have misgivings regarding their abortions.

Some women don't.

Lots of women regret putting their babies up for adoption.

Some women don't.

Lots of women regret keeping a baby they were unprepared for.

Some women don't.

So....what's the point again?

 

booaura
by on May. 8, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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What is the point of this post? Many women regret it. Most do not. The stories were hear the most are those who regret their abortions, because they want to change it, make it illegal, they think by taking the right away from others, they'll redeem themselves. I had an abortion. I've never regretted it. I work with a lot of women who've aborted. Some regret it. Some don't. It's a choice every woman must make for herself.
booaura
by on May. 8, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Yeah, pretty much this :)

Quoting idunno1234:

I don't get it.

Lots of women feel guilty and have misgivings regarding their abortions.

Some women don't.

Lots of women regret putting their babies up for adoption.

Some women don't.

Lots of women regret keeping a baby they were unprepared for.

Some women don't.

So....what's the point again?

 

VinVanMom
by Member on May. 8, 2014 at 11:14 AM
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Why would her dd whose young know about her two abortions? Not kid info. So sad.
VinVanMom
by Member on May. 8, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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I've fostered and adopted over thirty kids every parent I met even the abusive crack heads had emotions about their child being removed.

Quoting idunno1234:

I don't get it.

Lots of women feel guilty and have misgivings regarding their abortions.

Some women don't.

Lots of women regret putting their babies up for adoption.

Some women don't.

Lots of women regret keeping a baby they were unprepared for.

Some women don't.

So....what's the point again?

 

idunno1234
by Silver Member on May. 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM
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I'm a CASA.....going through a permanency hearing now with parents who's rights are going to be terminated.  These people don't happen to be bad people....just seriously deficient in ways they really can't control.  So freakin sad.

My hats off to you.  There is a desperate need out there that isn't being met but many people are there in the trenches fighting the good fight, often to their own frustration and detriment.  I have nothing but respect and awe for people such as yourself.

Quoting VinVanMom: I've fostered and adopted over thirty kids every parent I met even the abusive crack heads had emotions about their child being removed.
Quoting idunno1234:

I don't get it.

Lots of women feel guilty and have misgivings regarding their abortions.

Some women don't.

Lots of women regret putting their babies up for adoption.

Some women don't.

Lots of women regret keeping a baby they were unprepared for.

Some women don't.

So....what's the point again?



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on May. 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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Finally, hearing some honest women talk abou the pain of abortion experienced by the mom.

Love the five understanding voices criticizing them here. 

Talk about #WarAgainstWomen! 

idunno1234
by Silver Member on May. 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM
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I don't understand what you are saying.....is that supposed to be sarcasm?

I feel for anyone's pain and I would never take joy in it.

I'm not minimizing these womens' regret.  Just putting it in perspective.

The world isn't black and white Sally.  Open your eyes to all the colors and you will be amazed at the clarity that results, even if it doesn't jive with your ideal.  We all have ideals that we know will never be reality.  It may suck, but insulting people certainly doesn't help.

Quoting SallyMJ:

Finally, hearing some honest women talk abou the pain of abortion experienced by the mom.

Love the five understanding voices here. 

Talk about #WarAgainstWomen! 


PamR
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM
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Quoting idunno1234:

I don't get it.

Lots of women feel guilty and have misgivings regarding their abortions.

Some women don't.

Lots of women regret putting their babies up for adoption.

Some women don't.

Lots of women regret keeping a baby they were unprepared for.

Some women don't.

So....what's the point again?


What about the women who suffered because they had to get illegal abortions before '73?  Some women may feel bad after an abortion, but most consider the option carefully before making that choice.  They know what they're doing and they know it's the right choice for them.

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on May. 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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I wonder what the reaction would be to an article about five women who are happy with their lives and have no abortion regrets, presented as the reality of abortion.
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