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Women recount pain, suffering following abortions


ADELAIDE DARLING AND MICHELLE BAUMAN

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CNA
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Media/Opinion
Date:
1/22/2013

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ABSTRACTWomen recount pain, suffering following abortions :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) Editors Service About us Donate Spanish Portuguese Follow us: Loading News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns A Life Worth Living Answering the Tough Questions Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Both Oars In Catholic & Single Catholic Men Guest Columnist Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II In Good Company Indispensable Economics Inside the Church during WWII Led Into the Truth Movie Reviews Preparing the way for the Roman Missal – 3rd Edition The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Spirit of the New Translation The Way of Beauty With Good Reason Your Moment in the Mass Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Catholic Womanhood Home » News » US Women recount pain, suffering following abortions By Adelaide Darling and Michelle Bauman Kellie Stauffer at a press conference on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA. Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2013 / 02:35 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- Forty years after abortion was legalized throughout America, women who have been victims of the procedure are speaking out about the trauma and suffering it has caused in their lives. “Women need better options than the death of their baby,” said Olivia Gans Turner, who became the director of American Victims of Abortion after experiencing the deep emotional pain that accompanied an abortion. Turner was one of five women who spoke about the physical and emotional suffering that comes from abortion at a Jan. 22 press conference at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The conference was co-sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R- NJ), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Rep.  Diane Black (R-Tenn.), who said that they hoped to show America the truth about abortion by allowing its victims to tell their stories. Turner recalled that she had an abortion in 1981, when she was in college. She said that workers at Planned Parenthood had pressured her into the procedure, while withholding crucial information about the health risks of abortion and about the development of her unborn child. “I was told repeatedly told that I was immature and foolish not to have an abortion,” she said. Another victim, Irene Beltran,remembered that at “the clinic, I was treated like livestock being herded from one step to the next.”   After receiving an abortion-inducing drug, Beltran was surprised when she felt her unborn daughter moving and kicking in her womb. She went to the hospital in the hopes of saving her baby, but it was too late to reverse the effects of the procedure. Beltran gave birth to a baby girl who died in her arms shortly after being born. She named her daughter Leonor and spent the child's final moments apologizing for what she had unknowingly done. Feeling betrayed by the experience, she decided to speak up to inform other women who may be drawn to make the same choice. Other women recounted their intense emotional struggles with the aftermath of abortion. One woman, Kellie Stauffer, said that after having an abortion at the age of 14, she suffered for more than a decade with post-traumatic stress disorder until she was able to start the process of healing and forgiveness at a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat “(L)ife sadly was never the same,” Stauffer said. “I tried to numb my pain in anyway I could find: drugs, alcohol, food, meaningless relationships, but nothing took away the deep darkness that overwhelmed my soul.” Linda Shrewsbury, a  founding member of American Victims of Abortion and Black Americans for Life, said that when she had an abortion 40 years ago, she was not prepared for "the mental and emotional darkness I was about to enter." “I couldn’t have grasped the immense psychological toll abortion would take for years into the future,” she said. As an African American woman struggling to come to terms with her own abortion, Shrewsbury was shocked to discover what she called the racist roots of abortion in America and how the push for the procedure was tied to the eugenics movement. The press conference also discussed the harm caused by regulations allowing minors to obtain abortions without parental notification or consent. One participant, Marcia Carro.......