I’M CRUSHED BY ABORTION GUILT
A PROBLEM SHARED
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I’M 19 and last year I had an abortion – I think about what I did every day.
I get so upset sometimes I can’t control my tears and I don’t know where to turn. The guilt I feel churns me up.
My parents encouraged me all the way but every time I try to talk to my boyfriend about it he just clams up.
Deep down, I know I did the right thing because the baby wouldn’t have had an ideal life but, then again, I didn’t give it a chance for my own selfish reasons.
It would have been due next month and I keep wondering if it was a boy or a girl.
I wasn’t allowed even to look at the scan and the days before the operation I cried and cried and I’m still crying.
What can I do to help myself come to terms with this horrible experience?
Suck it up. Go shopping. And pretend that, like millions of other women have done throughout the years, what you did liberated you.
Does that make you feel better?