- Posted February 9, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Have you had an abortion?
Oh me of little faith
My life is forever changed because of my decision to have the abortion. My lack of faith that my sons and I could get through it and that my large family would love me and help me. I have since come to terms with it and process each day as it comes, yet there are days, like Christmas, family baptisms, the anniversary of the abortion, that after all these years still tears me apart. I am doing my best to tell the truth about abortion and the price a woman will pay.
Dr. Julius Fogel, a well known, obstetrician-gynecologist and a psychiatrist, who also performed 20,000 abortions, recognized the trauma. . In an interview, done for the Washington Post, Dr. Fogel said, “Often the trauma may sink into the unconscious and never surface in the woman’s lifetime ... [But] a psychological price is paid. I can’t say exactly what. It may be alienation; it may be a pushing away from human warmth, perhaps a hardening of the maternal instinct. Something happens on the deeper levels of a woman’s consciousness when she destroys a pregnancy. I know that as a psychiatrist” (McCarthy, 1989). This interview was done on February 5, 1989, for the Washington Post by M. Coleman on page F2. That interview done in 1989, is still relevant today, something does happen on a deeper level and I know it.