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    Posted February 7, 2013 by
    balitmore, Maryland
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Have you had an abortion?

    I survive

    I have never wanted children, I have never wanted to be pregnant, it's never been a secret.
    Long ago I had a partner who disregarded my wishes and would initiate sex while I was asleep to avoid using condoms. Since I was allergic to spermicide and intolerant of hormones, condoms were my only available birth control option and I used them correctly and copiously whenever I consented to sex. When I found myself pregnant, I immediately knew the best thing for me would be to abort as soon as possible. I was quite ill, due to what I now know is progesterone intolerance, and I got sicker and sicker as I tried to scrape the money together to travel to a nearby city to have the procedure.
    Since that time I have never regretted it even a bit. Abortion saved my from dying of metabolic failure. If I had been able to survive a pregnancy, I still didn't want it or a child, so abortion saved me from being tethered to a rapist for the rest of my life.
    I survive and I have no grief, only thankfulness.
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