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 will be featuring 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.
I have a three-year-old and an 11-month-old. My husband was laid off a year and a half ago. He now earns $250 a week, gets no unemployment, and we live off of food stamps. We had to declare bankruptcy, our car was repossessed, and we were evicted when, due to an emergency, we were unable to pay rent. We can barely provide for the children we already have; we were unable to pay our other bills this month to come up with the money for my abortion.
–Submitted by Annie* through a member clinic
I recently lost my job after 10 years at a health care facility, and am presently attending school to become a special education teacher. I am a single parent; my daughter is a beautiful dancer. In order to take care of children properly, you have to have dedication, love, and a good job. Thanks to the NAF Hotline, I can continue with my education and provide my daughter with an exceptional life. Thank you for giving me another chance in life.
–Submitted by Stacey* through a member clinic
Names have been changed to protect patient privacy.