The Guttmacher Institute is a primary source for research and policy analysis on abortion in the United States. In many cases, Guttmacher’s data are more comprehensive than state and federal government sources. The Institute’s work examines the incidence of abortion, access to care and barriers to obtaining services, factors underlying women’s decisions to terminate a pregnancy, characteristics of women who have abortions and the conditions under which women obtain them. Guttmacher also tracks abortion-related legislation and policies at the federal and state level, promoting access to abortion services and making an evidence-based case against restrictions that limit access.
When your daughter was in your womb, she had, from the moment of conception, a certain DNA and genetic code that was unique to her. If you had “terminated” her, she would have ceased to exist. That specific identity — that person who lives in your house right now — would be extinguished from the universe. Her light, her laugh, her love, her beauty — gone, never to be duplicated. All that she has done, all that she will do, all that she will give to the world — no more. Finished. Forever. Even if you conceived again a year later, the new baby would not be the same as the one you aborted. Don’t pretend that you could have terminated her but, somehow, it wouldn’t have been “her.” It was her, it is her now, and she has only ever been her.