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Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion


Do You Regret Your Abortion or Your Lost Fatherhood? By filling in the form below you can add your expression of regret to our list. All information remains confidential and is presented anonymously

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He asked if I was sure
Florida, United States

I was working at a bar, made poverty level wages, had a crappy apartment, and had only a couple friends. My family did not live nearby. I also wanted to finish college. I had also drunk alcohol and done drugs in the time period in which I became pregnant. I knew that I was not ready for motherhood, and I had no support system. I had taken birth control pills for a long time, but I had stopped taking them because I could not afford them.

I had stopped having my period when I took the pills, and it had not returned so I thought I was still safe from pregnancy. I was wrong. One day, I noticed that my breasts were very full and tender. That seemed odd, so I took a pregnancy test. It was inconclusive, probably because it was so early in the pregnancy. I told the guy I had been seeing (casually) that I may be pregnant and he came over. I told him that I wanted to go to Planned Parenthood and get an abortion if I was pregnant. He said that it was up to me, and he would pay for it since I was broke. He asked if I was sure. I was.

We went the next day to Planned Parenthood. The pregnancy test was inconclusive again, so they did an ultrasound. It showed an egg sack, just a round blob of cells. The doctor said that I was probably 4-5 weeks along. So she asked if I was sure about the abortion. I said I was. She explained my options and the procedures. I was able to take the abortion pills and chose to do that. When she brought the pills (there are two) she asked again if I was sure about the abortion. I said that I was sure. She explained what would happen, what the side effects could be, and how long it would take. So I said that I understood, and that I was sure (again), and took the first pill in the office. I took the 2nd one home to take later. Later that night I had some menstrual cramps and started bleeding. It was just like a heavy period. I had no severe pain or side effects. I took the other pill at home.

So, all in all it was very easy and I am thankful that I was able to safely access abortion care when I needed it. I am speaking out so people know that abortion is not shameful. It is a matter of personal choice and bodily autonomy. If you have religious objections to abortion, that's okay. But you should not impose your personal beliefs about abortion on other people.


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