June 24, 2018, 10:39 am
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Abortion

Decades ago, a friend asked me if she should have an abortion. 

She wasn’t in love with the father of her baby. She just had a fling with him because she was dead bored with her life, and was in the cusp of this lingering insecurity about her self-worth and attractiveness. This, I found totally absurd because she was definitely smart and attractive.

But she never believed us when we told her so.  

To assuage her insecurity, she had an affair with this hunk, who, at the height of his macho cowardice, wanted her to abort their baby.

Of course I was shaken. To say that I felt bad for my friend is a nauseous understatement. I wasn’t even able to take a sip of my coffee.  All I could do was look at her intently and say, “No. No. You shouldn’t abort the baby. That’s murder. You want to murder your own child?” To which she had no response. 

In retrospect, the way I talked to her was typically coldblooded of me. Unfortunately for my friend, I was emotionally constipated when I was in my 20s. I was bereft of compassion. Of course, I should’ve listened to her more. I should’ve tried to understand her fears, regrets, recriminations. I should’ve processed the pros and cons with her. 

But no. After hearing about the hunk’s blatant irresponsibility, cowardice, and hasty exit from my friend’s predicament, I was just so disgusted with her boyfriend. I was thinking — there must be a special place in Dante’s Inferno for creatures like him. And I deeply resented it that they were both thinking of letting their own child pay for their immorality. 

I didn’t want to call it merely a “mistake” or “indiscretion.” It just seemed terribly wrong to sugar-coat or minimize it like that. After all, a little person’s life was at stake. In this situation, it was the innocent one who was going to pay the penalty. It was the innocent one who was going to die. 

I tried very, very hard to convince my friend not to have an abortion. First, even if I was far from religious, I always believed in the right of the unborn child to have a chance at life. Second, I was afraid for my friend’s health, her life. What if she died as a result of the abortion? What if she suffered irreparable damage because of it? There were just too many tales of epic fails on the abortion table. 

She didn’t reach any conclusion at the end of our lunch date. Lunch was a bad idea in the first place since both of us didn’t eat much. She left her decision hanging. We both left the restaurant visibly shaken; drained of peace of mind and strength. 

Deliberately, my friend didn’t keep in touch. In her silence, I somehow knew that she wasn’t going to give her baby a chance. Somehow, I also knew that a part of her was going to die with her child. 

My worst fears happened. One day, I got a call that my friend had been rushed to the ER. She had to undergo emergency surgery. Her parents were ashen-faced when I saw them. They probably knew, but no one talked about abortion. The word was not mentioned at all in all the days that I visited my friend. In fact, we haven’t uttered that word in each other’s presence. Ever. Not even to this day. 

My friend survived the surgery. Years later, she got married. Thank goodness, not to her ex who dropped her like a hot potato. But, alas, she couldn’t have children anymore. She didn’t think of adopting, either. As I predicted to myself, a part of her died with her child. Maybe she didn’t think she deserved to be a mother. Maybe she accepted her childlessness as the cost of what she did. I don’t really know. 

As I said, we never talked about her abortion from the time we stood up and left our lunch, almost untouched. 

To my utter shock, I became a counselor decades after. For me, counseling people was, and still is, a very difficult thing to do. But it comes with the territory if one’s husband happens to be a pastor. 

An even more curious thing happened to me — I found myself avoiding any counseling that had to do with abortion. In church, we do all our counseling for free. So we also have the prerogative to choose who we are willing counsel. 

Somehow, I knew I wouldn’t be effective in counseling women who were in crises because of abortion. There were just too many memories of my friend’s near-brush with death. I guess you could say I was traumatized. 

To this day, my heart goes out to women who had abortions. My heart goes out to their murdered children — but thank  God, they’re all in heaven. 

My heart goes out to those who killed the babies, and those who were part of the killings. I’m sure the horrors and the consequences of abortion are  indescribable, unimaginable, and unthinkable. 

May the Lord have mercy on us all. He is the only One who can completely forgive, and give new life, to those who are deeply sorry for what they did. 

There is hope —  but only if there is sincere admission of guilt, and genuine repentance.   
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