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Years after trip to abortion clinic, women find healing, rebuild friendship

“I thought, ‘I’m a big adult girl, I can take care of my friend.'”

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Jill King remembers her roommate 30 years ago calling her into the bathroom of their apartment. Carla Stream was sitting on a chair, wrapped in a towel.

“She looked up at me and said, ‘I’m pregnant.’”

Stream thought she would have to move out. King wanted to help.

“It was my first experience living away from home,” King, 52, told The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. “I thought, ‘I’m a big adult girl, I can take care of my friend.’”

King said she was raised in a faith-filled, Christian home, but unexpected pregnancy and abortion were not topics of discussion. Absorbing the news, trying to find a solution, the women turned to the phone book. King recalls many entries under “pregnancy” offering abortion services and clinics — but not much else.

“‘I can help you,’” she told her friend of the abortion option. “‘I can take off of work.’ I told her I’d taken other people before, maybe to help her feel better about it. It was a lie.”

READ MORE AT THE CATHOLIC SUN

PHOTO CREDIT: Lawrence OP

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