My family coerced me into having an abortion in 1988 when I was 15.

My family coerced me into having an abortion in 1988 when I was 15. I loved the father of the child very much. So far I haven't had the chance to have another baby. I did marry someone else but we divorced. I'm on anti-depressants now. I wish I hadn't had the abortion. Editor’s note: Thanks for having the courage to write in…It sounds as if this event in your life – an unwanted abortion - is still something that causes you deep pain, perhaps more around anniversary times, with the added regret of not having had any children now you’re in your thirties. Depression is not uncommon when emotional pain has not been dealt with sufficiently – you have drawn the ‘grey blanket’ around you, haven’t you? I don’t know if you have had the opportunity to take part in a recovery programme, but there is one available, called The Journey. It’s never too late to address a past abortion. More freedom and healing are available for you. It doesn’t take much to pick up the phone and ask about it – please get in touch. We’ll be thinking of you.

This story was sent in on 22/06/2009

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