I’m 21 years old and recently found out that I was pregnant. It was scary seeing the positive sign on the pregnancy test; it was surreal. All I could think was: is this happening to me? I have just started college. My decision was instant and final. However, I continued to have questions run through my mind. What if abortion was illegal in this country? What would I have done? Would I have tried to go to Mexico to terminate the pregnancy or would I have attempted to do it myself? How would I pay for this? The NAF Hotline and the clinic told me that they would help me through this situation. This has changed my life for the better and I am so thankful for that. I would have been so lost, but everything is okay now.
–Submitted by Aysa* through a member clinic
I am pro-choice because I believe no one should have the ability to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her body. When I found out I was pregnant I knew I needed an abortion. I’m not ready for a child. I promised myself that I would never be in this position again because I am now and will forever be in control of my own life. Thank you.
–Submitted by Amelia* 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.