BIRTH AND DEATH:
AND THE ASSASSINATION
After they killed Monseñor Romero, I didn't go to the CO‐ MADRES office very much because it was completely militarized. I was also five months pregnant because in November, I hadn't taken any precautions. It was very difficult because we didn't want to have another child; we already had enough children. But we didn't know how to avoid having any more once I was pregnant.
We didn't know anything about abortions. Sure, I had heard about abortions and sometimes I would see women in the hospitals who had tried to abort, but I didn't understand how it happened. All I remember is that it made me feel bad to see the terrible condition of these women who had attempted to have abortions.
When I was pregnant with my first son, I had two friends who had abortions because they didn't want to have the children. The men who had gotten them pregnant took off. They just used them, got them pregnant, and then said, "Adios." When my friends told these men they were pregnant, the men responded, "Too bad, that isn't my baby. You should know whose it is." My friends had a hard time understanding why these men would deny the existence of their own children.