by Becky GINOS
BOUNTIFUL—Roughly 3,000 babies were aborted last year, and one woman is determined to curb those staggering statistics as a way of making amends for her own decision to have an abortion.
“I started out on the pro-choice side of the fence,” said Mary Taylor, president of Pro-Life Utah, at a United Women’s Forum meeting last week. “My grandma was widowed at the age of 23 with six children. My mother started to tend at age 9 while her mother worked. Equal pay, etc. was all neatly packaged with the pro-choice agenda. Until that choice was mine to make.”
Taylor said she wondered if it was really a baby growing inside her. “Would I be ending a human life? I couldn’t do that,” she said. “The answer that came to me from the government was that abortion was OK. I made an appointment with the Utah Women’s Clinic. That sounds official, right? The counselor assured me that in no way, shape or form was it a baby. It’s just a clump of cells the size of a pencil point that had the potential to become a baby.”
Her boyfriend wasted no time leaving once he found out she was pregnant. “I couldn’t see any options,” said Taylor. “I felt like a trapped animal. She told me it was not a good idea to wait. I was desperate and wanted to believe what she said.”
While lying there on the table, she said the room went cold and damp. “It literally felt like death,” said Taylor. “I knew something was very wrong. When I went outside the sun was shining and through tears just as clear as day I could see the face of a little boy in those clouds.”
After the abortion she said she drank herself into oblivion every Friday night. “The pain in my heart was unbearable. Then five years later I was pregnant with my daughter. I was in such awe of the miracle of life within me. I realized I was at the same point in my pregnancy when I’d had the abortion (11 weeks). I had been an accomplice to the murder of my own child.”
As the truth and ugliness took over she knew she had to do something. “I went to an abortion protest and promised God that I would show up to any event where I could make a difference,” said Taylor. “I formed Pro-Life Utah and created a hotline for women with unplanned pregnancies.”
The group promotes education, legislation and support. “We provide a hand up so that women don’t end up in an abortion clinic,” Taylor said.
She shared a story of one young woman who was considering an abortion. “When she was on the edge we offered her education,” said Taylor. “We gave her support. We spent hours on the phone talking. Legislation played a part in it too because in Utah you can’t have an abortion after 24 weeks and there’s a 72 hour waiting law which gives you time to think.”
The woman ended up keeping her child and he is now a year old. “I love him with all my heart,” said Taylor. “I’m his honorary grandma. She had a whole lot happier ending than my own.”
Taylor is looking forward to some pro-life bills in the upcoming legislative session. “Legislators who run pro-life bills get hammered,” she said. “I can’t stress enough how important this is. The loudest people are on the pro-choice side. The vast majority of women would not choose an abortion if they were better informed. There are countless women who share my heartache. Those who don’t regret their abortion just don’t regret it yet.”