Betty on the News: ‘Abortion Addict’ Terminated 15 Pregnancies in 17 Years
In a new memoir, self-proclaimed abortion addict Irene Vilar tells her story.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
A woman who claims to have been an “abortion addict” reveals the motivation behind having 15 terminations over the span of 17 years in a new book, Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict.
In it, author Irene Vilar, 40, says that she didn’t have the abortions out of poverty or fear, but as an act of rebellion against a much older husband that did not want kids.
“Women have written memoirs about their anorexia or their bulimia, and they explain the best that they can what motivated their addiction or their behavior. I try to do the same in this book,” Vilar told the Daily Mail.
“In the beginning I was taking pills and I’d skip a day or two or give up one month,” she said.
“I’d think ‘I’ll be better next time.’ But slowly, my days took on a balancing act and there was a specific high. I would get my period and be sad, then discover I was pregnant, being afraid, yet also so excited.”
Vilar’s confession, which includes the admission that she also attempted suicide on several occasions, has shocked and caused a wave of attacks from anti-abortion activists, including some that have issued death threats and calls for her to be jailed.
Charmaine Yoest, president of the pro-life group Americans United for Life, said: “It really underscores everything we always say in the pro-life movement – that abortion is part of a very sad story for women.”
Now a mother of two, remarried, and living in Colorado, Vilar says that motherhood has made her feel more ‘accountable’ for her actions.
“It hasn’t made me less pro-choice. It’s just that I understand and feel the weight of the privilege we have in exercising our right to choose,” she said. (Daily Mail)