Imre Téglásy's story

I am an abortion survivor.

I was 11 years old … and somehow I heard a family speech about my past. My father told some relatives the story, and I just had a very sad feeling because at once I was able to see clearly why my relationship with my mother was so complicated. At 11 years old children are very loved by their parents, the relationship normally is good, but [there was] something wrong with [the relationship with] my mother. So this was a kind of an earthquake in my heart, and I realized I was an abortion survivor.

I’m motivated to do the pro-life work by my own personal life. My father was mayor after the second World War, so we were declared class enemies by the Communists. And this was the reason why they had to leave the capital, Budapest, and they were forced to go to the country side where they lived among very miserable circumstances. And in this situation, my mother realized that she was pregnant.

She was urged and forced and all the circumstances were against me, against a baby, and she tried to perform an abortion on herself … she was not successful.

My real spiritual parent was my father who was very much against the abortion temptation of my mother. And of course it was a conflict between them. He was a very strong Catholic, my father. He was a member of a family with nine children. And his parents, my grandparents, were very strong Catholics. And of course they accepted the gift given by God, the gift of children. And this was the reason why [my father] was for my life at that time.

It was not a decision [to do pro-life work]. I was urged, I was sent by God to do this work. A lot of people tried to hide the problem of this [abortion] question, dealing with this question as a taboo. I had a feeling that this has to be answered, this problem has to be solved in a good manner and in a manner which is suggested by God.

And later on I realized that it is not just my personal problem. It’s a problem of my nation, it’s a problem of Europe and it’s a problem of the whole world.

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