Stephanie Chatfield, the wife of Michigan State Representative Lee Chatfield, an anti-abortion lawmaker, revealed in a Facebook post last Friday that she underwent an abortion as a teenager. Mrs. Chatfield began the post by explaining that her husband had been contacted by someone threatening to expose her past. But after talking things over with her husband, she realized she was actually thankful — the blackmailer, she wrote, had emboldened her to tell her story.
In high school, the post explains, Mrs. Chatfield attended a party at which she blacked out. “Judging by my appearance and physical condition the next morning,” she wrote, “I knew I had been taken advantage of. Three weeks later, I found I was pregnant.” She hid the news from her family and friends, and had an abortion about a week later.
Mrs. Chatfield wrote that the decision was “the worst of my life,” but that she escaped her guilt and achieved “full forgiveness and grace” through Jesus Christ. She reiterated her pro-life stance, telling girls and women facing unplanned pregnancies to speak to their families and seek out crisis pregnancy centers. “God has forgiven me,” she wrote, “and He’ll forgive you too.”
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