This is really a great website. It was one I read before I made my decision not to have an abortion. Thank you.
My pregnancy was not planned and had only been seeing the father for a few months. I had just graduated from...school with a completely different life plan until I found out about [my] baby. When I found out the news that I was pregnant I had so many mixed feelings. I was scared mostly but I also couldn't wipe the smile from my face.
The father and I discussed our options and I told him I was always raised abortion was wrong. I come from a strong Christian family. I remembered in 7th grade having to write a paper about abortion and having to decide what position to take. After doing all the research I was instantly pro life and vowed that no matter what I would take responsibility and never get an abortion. The father of my baby at first was pro abortion so I decided to think about my options, knowing I most likely would not.
I called my family doctor asking if I could come in to discuss the options I have and so that I could hear what the abortion process would be like. At the office not much was said, all she said was to go to Planned Parenthood. They would be able to do an ultrasound and see how far along I was. I called Planned Parenthood and explained I wanted a consultation that I was not sure what I wanted to do. Instantly they were trying to make a second appointment afterwards for an abortion. I kept repeating what I wanted and that I wasn't sure and I just wanted an appointment to discuss my options and have an ultrasound.
When I got to my appointment they gave my paperwork to fill out. As I began filling it out I noticed that some of the questions were very strange. One asked if anyone was aware of the decision I was making. I went up to the front desk and asked what they thought this appointment was for. The lady at the desk had a strange look on her face. I instantly knew that the appointment was for an abortion not the consultation I had wanted!!!! I couldn't believe it!!! I was disgusted. Since Planned Parenthood was an hour and a half away from my home I asked if I could at least get an ultrasound to see how far along I was. They refused and said the only way they would give me an ultrasound was if I was getting an abortion.
After that, abortion was out of the question, which I really knew all along. The father of my unborn child and I are currently living together and I couldn't be more happy. I know this a bit different of a testimonial than usual since I did not go through with it. But, I think this story really shows the agency of Planned Parenthood. I couldn't help but think of all the young girls that go through there that have no idea what they are doing, especially when the doctors and staff are so pushy. It scares me to think that if I wasn't aware of what was going on when filling out the paper work and had gone into that exam room what would have happened. Would I have realized what was going on and at what point?