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Steven Tyler's ex-girlfriend defends the unborn

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (BP) -- The mother of rock star Steven Tyler's aborted baby continues to advocate for unborn children after writing a 5,000-word account of her experience last year in LifeSite News.


Among the upcoming speaking engagements for Julia Holcomb, now a mother of seven, is a Life Legal Defense Foundation dinner event Nov. 17 in Santa Clara, Calif.

More than 35 years after her abortion, Holcomb recounted the story of her relationship with Tyler, lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith and a former "American Idol" judge, in the 5,000-word account.

She became Tyler's girlfriend in 1973 when she was only 16. Her mother gave guardianship of Holcomb to Tyler, enabling her to travel with him across state lines on the band's tours. He requested she have his child and proposed marriage to her after she became pregnant in 1975.

Tyler changed his mind, according to Holcomb, and pressured Holcomb to abort their child, who turned out to be a boy. In recalling the abortion, Holcomb wrote, "My baby had one defender in life; me, and I caved in to pressure because of fear of rejection and the unknown future. I wish I could go back and be given that chance again, to say no to the abortion one last time. I wish with all my heart I could have watched that baby live his life and grow to be a man."

Holcomb said, "Nothing was ever the same between us after that day, though I did not return home for over a year.... I was grieving the loss of my baby and I could never look at Steven again without remembering what he had done to our son and me."


In his autobiography, Tyler acknowledged the abortion's impact, saying, according to LifeSite News, "You go to the doctor and they put the needle in her belly and they squeeze the stuff in and you watch. And it comes out dead. I was pretty devastated." He asked himself, "hat have I done?"

After Holcomb returned home, she began attending a United Methodist church with her family. She "found forgiveness in Jesus," Holcomb said. She met her future husband during her first year in college, and they have been married for more than 30 years. They converted to Roman Catholicism in 1992.

Of her burden to share the pro-life message, Holcomb wrote, "I pray that all those who have had abortions, or have participated in any way in an abortion procedure, may find in my story, not judgment or condemnation, but a renewed hope in God's steadfast love, forgiveness and peace."

Holcomb's account can be accessed at

Compiled by Baptist Press Washington bureau chief Tom Strode.

Copyright (c) 2012 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press

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