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Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Abortion Watch blog captures a great story about Brenda Landwehr, a state assemblywoman in Kansas who is post-abortive:

A pro-life politician in Kansas bravely admitted during a debate on Wednesday that she had an abortion “long ago.”

State Representative Brenda Landwehr, a Republican from Wichita, was debating a bill on the house floor that would “crack down” on abortion clinics when she suddenly revealed her personal experience with the issue.

Rep. Landwehr argued that abortion “traumatizes women” and told her fellow representatives that, “I live with that pain every single day because I killed a baby.”
Landwehr: No regrets of abortion disclosure.

TOPEKA - Rep. Brenda Landwehr said Thursday that she has no regrets about publicly revealing a day earlier that she had an abortion years ago.
I continue to be surprised by the thought that how one feels about revealing an abortion could be of more significance than how one feels about the abortion.

Landwehr declined to say when the abortion was performed, except that it was "a long time ago, definitely before I was a Catholic."

She converted to Catholicism 15 years ago, she said. That was 11 years after she married her Catholic husband, David.

Reaction from her colleagues, she said, has been universally supportive.

"A lot of people have come up and provided hugs," she said. Those people include some she has clashed with over the abortion issue.

Before joining the church, Landwehr said, she had already turned against abortion, although "probably not as strong as today."

She doesn't know whether her colleagues now view her differently. But she believes going public was the right thing to do.

"If it helps just one individual to have a change of heart, it was worth it," she said.
That's a great, great attitude. I know several women and men who are pro-life and post-abortive who are unwilling to take this step.

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