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’m 25 years old and the single mom to a six-year-old boy. My son and I live in low-income housing and I’m trying my best to finish college. Having a child at this point in my life would financially and psychologically impair me. Having the option and the right to make my own life choices, which not only affect me but my son as well, saves me from making desperate and/or drastic and dangerous decisions.
–submitted by Vivian* through a member clinic
I want to thank the clinic and Hotline, not only for giving women a second chance, but for understanding different circumstances. I was practicing safe sex when I got pregnant; even though I was being responsible, accidents do happen. I appreciate all of you so much from the bottom of my heart.
–submitted by Mary* through a member clinic
*Names have been changed to protect patient privacy