The veteran journalist said he and his girlfriend, whom he identified as Charlene, were 19 when they researched the procedure in the 1960s, saying they were "too immature" to be parents.
After the abortion, Pearlstine stated that Charlene had started to have hemorrhages. She underwent an operation that damaged her uterus and she never conceived, said Pearlstine.
They did not regret their decision and Charlene remained "passionately pro-choice" until the end of her days, he said. Charlene died of natural causes in 2018, he said.
Pearlstine said that he had kept the story for himself, sometimes asserting "the need for a publisher to make" equity "a priority when it streamlines my silence. "
"I believe that many men, in similar circumstances, shared my preference for silence while encouraging women to assert their reproductive rights," he said.
"While giving up the opinion, I think burying the facts is neither moral nor noble in front of the vivid emotions and recent efforts to make the abortion illegal again." It's important to remember and tell others how life was before Roe vs. Wade. "
If Roe against Wade was to be overthrown, he warned that there would be "an outbreak of illegal abortions resulting in increased injuries and deaths".
He quotes estimates from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology stating that prior to the passage of Roe Vs. Wade, "1.2 million American women used illegal abortions every year and unsafe abortions caused up to 5,000 annual deaths."
"I remain grateful that Charlene is not a part of it."