By Carla Edmisten
God's Brave Women - Carla's Story
I did not have the courage to do the right thing over thirty years ago.
I believed my choice allowed me to escape the judgement, ridicule, and rejection that an unplanned pregnancy would have brought. And it did, at least from other people.
But the toll that the secrecy of my abortion took was a heavy weight to carry alone for many years. Although engaged to my husband and about to graduate from college, the thought of facing my very conservative Christian parents transformed me into a disappointing, shame-filled little girl, craving the approval of a mother and father whose love felt very conditional. I justified my decision by believing I was doing my parents a kindness, sparing them embarrassment and disappointment.