Abortion Story #218: Wanting what was best for our children

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. What follows is an excerpt from former Seattle City Council member, Judy Nicastro, who shares about ending a much-wanted pregnancy. Judy had been happily pregnant with twins, but later learned that one fetus had severe anomalies. Her story delves into the complex emotions she felt making a decision to obtain an abortion, approaching the last week it could legally be provided given state restrictions. Judy’s full story was published in the New York Times.


“…The surgeon described interventions that would give our son the best chance of surviving birth. But the pediatrician could tell that we were looking for candid guidance. He cautioned that medical ethics constrained what he could say, then added, “Termination is a reasonable option, and a reasonable option that I can support.” The surgeon and nurse nodded in agreement. I burst out sobbing. My husband cried, too. But in a sense, the pediatrician’s words were a source of comfort and kindness. He said what we already knew. But we needed to hear it from professionals, who knew we were good parents who wanted what was best for our children…”

Judy Nicastro served on the City Council in Seattle, Washington from 2000-2003.

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