I was 17. My family was strict Catholic (I excommunicated myself the year before) and sex ed in the home was limited to abstinence only until marriage and then sex only to produce children. A beautiful example of how failure to accept reality and take the necessary precautions ends in a unplanned teenage pregnancy. The second that I suspected I was pregnant, I knew I was going to have an abortion. I had plans to go to college and the last thing I wanted was the burden of an unplanned child holding me back. My abortion was an immense relief to me. It meant I could continue my plans. It was also a good learning experience. I had it done at Planned Parenthood and I credit them with helping me through the process EVERY. STEP. OF. THE. WAY. They did what my parents should have done. They also didn't let me leave the clinic without an rx for birth control. That was way back in 1987. I'm 44 now, successful career, happily married to the love of my life, and happily child-free. Sure, I think about my abortion every once in awhile. But NEVER with regret or "what if I had..." I had a LEGAL medical procedure and I exercised my right with no regrets or second thoughts.
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