- Posted February 11, 2013 by
Key West, Florida
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Have you had an abortion?
Never any question
At the time I was immature, almost totally sexually inexperienced, and smart enough to know I couldn't support a child on my own. I feared my parents would disown me (and they might have).
I will be forever grateful for the friend who knew how to work the system, the doctors who deemed me suicidal and approved the procedure, and the amazingly kind and concerned doctor who performed the D&C (under general anesthetic) and actually telephoned me some months later to ascertain that I was receiving psychiatric therapy. As well as thanking him profusely, I had to confess that I was actually a professional actor (then I would have said "actress"), working in the theater, and had had to act my way out of the pregnancy. He was stunned.
Only one other noteworthy detail: the hospital put me in the obstetrics ward, where afterward I could hear the newborns.
The attempted guilt trip failed; all I could feel was relief. Forty-four years later I still feel grateful.