The fruit of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion 41 years ago, is tears, tears and more tears.
For all the time my friends and I have spent in front of the local abortion centers, we have never seen a woman leave happy unless she was leaving after having decided to save her baby. I remember a post-abortive woman leaving and her boyfriend reaching out to hug her, and she brushed him away in disgust.
One time I was chatting with a grandmother seated in the car baby-sitting the two grandchildren while her daughter went in for the abortion. When I mentioned that 70 percent of women regret their abortions, she started crying and told me that she had had two abortions. She tried to warn her daughter of the deep heartache to come and not to make the same mistake she had, but her daughter would not listen. The tears flowed.
Another day, a woman was driving out of the parking lot after having a post-abortion follow-up visit. We started chatting and she burst into tears, saying that everyone had told her not to do it, but she did not listen. She deeply regretted her choice.
Coming down the sidewalk one day, heading toward Planned Parenthood, were four generations and the boyfriend – there was the teenage pregnant daughter, her mother, her grandmother and the boyfriend, all holding hands. You would have thought them on their way to a picnic. We started to chat, and at first the teen seemed to be changing her mind about the abortion, but then the boyfriend pulled her aside and headed in with her. Then the mom, apologizing, stated that it was the teen’s decision, and went inside. Then the grandmother stood there – crying. Four generations entered Planned Parenthood that cold January morning, but only three generations emerged.
Tears, regret, loss, depression, despair – sometimes these emotions are felt immediately, sometimes they come on the aborted baby’s due date or upon the arrival of a “planned” baby. Whenever they come, these deep emotional scars are the hidden toll of abortion.
With 56 million babies dead and their moms and dads emotionally wounded, isn’t it time to overturn Roe v. Wade?