The Word Among Us

January 2008 Issue

Words of Wisdom about a Painful Subject

How to Speak about Abortion

By: Michaelene Fredenburg

Words of Wisdom about a Painful Subject: How to Speak about Abortion by Michaelene Fredenburg

When I was eighteen, I found out I was pregnant. My boyfriend said he’d kick me out of our apartment if I didn’t have an abortion, and my employer agreed that this was the only logical option. She even offered to make the arrangements. My experience at the abortion clinic was painful and humiliating. I cried that day . . . and the next. Then I cried alone because my boyfriend and I broke up.

Although I hadn’t felt this way before, it was clear to me afterwards that abortion had ended the life of my child. I felt guilty and had...

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