I had an abortion when I was 18...

"I had an abortion when I was 18, a month before I graduated high school. I was terrified because I wasn't ready for a baby and neither was he. My parents told me if I wanted the baby, I'd have to move out. I had no place to go. I didn't want the baby, but I felt I couldn't confide in them anymore.

My then-boyfriend's mom helped me make the appointment and took me to the clinic that day. I'll never be able to make that up to her. Even though I am no longer dating her son, we remain close. That's what I took away from the pregnancy and the abortion: I know who I can really depend on when times get scary." —Tina W.

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