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Post-abortive mother: Listen to the voice of your child

Legally, my mother is allowed to kill me. But she is not allowed to neglect me.

Abortion hurts women. No matter how much effort abortion supporters put into denying this, it’s true. You just have to visit Abort73’s website to read the testimonies from women who have experienced abortion. These women share their abortion stories for the purpose of helping other women to choose life for their children. On April 25, one women shared her heartbreaking plea for mothers to turn away from abortion.

This woman is 33 years old, and she writes about her abortion five years ago. She had a two-year-old child and was married to an abusive man. She was holding onto a great deal of pain, and because of that, she let the lie that abortion fixes things creep in to her mind. She writes that Planned Parenthood offered zero counseling. The only people who told her to “think twice” were the anti-abortion advocates outside the clinic. She says about abortion:

It’s like a nightmare you never get up from. It is daily mental torture because eventually you realize it was wrong – but too late to take it back.

But what is most striking about her thoughts on abortion is what she says about the baby-and-mother relationship. She writes:

My advice to any female considering abortion is to please think about that life inside of you because it has a voice that only you can hear. […] Listen to that little voice, please, it is louder than you think, and it gets louder and louder afterwards. [I] remain tortured by the voice of my unborn child.

That bond is there, right from day one. Yet so many women ignore it, mostly because they are being told by others or by self-doubts that there are reasons to abort their children. None of those reasons can ever trump the one main reason not to have an abortion. This woman begs other women to realize this.

While anti-abortion activists can tell expectant mothers that the choice to abort is wrong, each mother is the one who is most connected to her child while she is safe in her womb. She is the one who literally holds her baby’s heartbeat, who holds her baby’s life. No matter what anyone else says about what she is or isn’t capable of, that mother considering abortion needs to focus on her baby’s voice – on her baby’s spirit – and what that child’s future could be if given a chance.

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