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.
Due to my situation, the clinic and the Hotline have been my life savers. I am a single mother of three, and at the time, I found myself in a very bad predicament. I am basically homeless and have no income. With the help of the clinic and Hotline, I am able to focus on getting my life back on track and providing for the children I already have.
–submitted by Lynn* through a member clinic
My first semester in college, I was raped. A couple of weeks later, I took a pregnancy test and found out that the person who raped me had gotten me pregnant. I am pro-choice because if a girl ever has to go through something like that, they need the choice. If the choice is not out there, women will find other, less safe ways not to have a child.
–submitted by Gail* through a member clinic
*Names have been changed to protect patient privacy