Why don't you think abortion should be available for women who need it? I've had an abortion in the past, so I know firsthand how painful and difficult it can be. In spite of this, I remain convinced that it should be legal. What's your response to that?
We appreciate your candor and sympathize with the emotions underlying your perspective. Nevertheless, we simply cannot abandon our belief that every human life – including each preborn baby – is of inestimable worth and should therefore be protected. You may report experiencing no detrimental psychological effects after terminating your pregnancy, but we know that there are many other women who do regret that decision. To complicate matters, it's been our counselors' experience that these feelings of remorse are often delayed, sometimes taking fifteen to twenty-five years for abortive women to begin feeling the emotional impact of their choice.
Our hearts go out to those who are suffering in this way, and our desire is to minister to them to the best of our ability. Toward that end, our organization offers counseling services, resources, and referrals designed to help women through the pain of post-abortive trauma. If you or anyone you know would like more information about this aspect of our outreach, you should feel free to contact Focus on the Family's Counseling department. Our counselors would be pleased to assist you in any way they can.