At the age of 30, I was in a long-term relationship and I believed that I would marry the man that I was involved with. It was not a shock to either of us when I discovered I was pregnant. However, I was very sick in the beginning of the pregnancy and naturally I expected his support. Upon telling him, he became very jealous, aggressive, and volatile. He was very concerned about the lack of attention he was getting from me and became argumentative and mentally abusive. At times he’d even say that he didn’t believe I was pregnant. I decided not only was this guy not going to support this pregnancy, but that he wasn’t going to be a good husband or father to my child. Having lost my father when I was 3 years old, I remember how difficult it was for my own mother to raise me and wanted my child to grow up in a two-parent household. At this point I started my search, and thank God I found NAF. I was greeted on the phone with a concerned and genuinely caring voice that was interested in my story and gave me the help and support I needed. There was no feeling of shame, for this was the first time I felt like I could breathe. Thank you for all your help and kind words. You all are doing a truly great act and are helping many great women make the right choice for themselves.
–Submitted by Atiya* through our website
I have five children. I had very difficult pregnancies and someone has always had to help with my children while my husband was at work. If it wasn’t for this assistance I wouldn’t have had a choice. Thank you so much for helping my family.
–Submitted by Duyen* through a member clinic
Over one-third of women of reproductive age have an abortion by the age of 45. However, women who have chosen abortion are often absent from the public debate. In order to break the silence surrounding abortion, we feature real stories from real women each Wednesday on our blog. If you would like to share your story with us or have it published on our blog, go to http://www.prochoice.org/pregnant/hotline/share.html.