A terribly sad letter that ran in Salon’s advice column this weekend really throws a spanner in the works of the pro-choice dogma that post-abortion aftermath is a myth concocted by pro-lifers.
The letter writer, who calls herself “Crushed With Regret” and who identifies herself as “a liberal woman and as pro-choice as you can be,” had an abortion in December 2010, and says the experience “has haunted me ever since.”
The baby’s father — her on-again, off-again boyfriend for the previous four years — dropped her off at the abortion clinic that day and told her, “Don’t worry, I’ll be back,” but never did come back.
Crushed With Regret admits that she has nightmares about her abortion, and things don’t get any better for her during the day:
I wish I could forgive myself and move on, but I just can’t. I wake up every morning and it is the best minute of my life before the knowledge of what happened returns to me and the cycle of sadness and regret begins all over again.
She ends by asking for advice on how to move on and free herself from the “unending cycle of regret.”
Salon’s advice columnist, Cary Tennis, recommends that she contact Exhale.org, the post-abortion “counseling” talk line that is premised on the belief that there is nothing wrong with abortion. That, of course, won’t help her get over anything.
But say a prayer for Crushed With Regret that she’ll find a post-abortion outreach such as Project Rachel or Rachel’s Vineyard that really will be able to help her find the mercy and forgiveness that can only come from God.