I was a freshman in college and it was the first quarter...

"I was a freshman in college and it was the first quarter. My boyfriend from high school and I were in a relationship. I had just gone to the clinic to get birth control but did not realize at the time that I was pregnant. I took my first college exams feeling nauseous. Fortunately, a Planned Parenthood clinic was not far from campus and the law had just changed that did not require parental permission for those who were 18 years and older.

I had the procedure in the basement of Planned Parenthood. It hurt and I remember asking to see the contents of the jar after the procedure. They had given me medication in my vein. I walked out of the room. That was the end of it. I had just turned 18 years old.

Since then I have marched in Columbus for a woman's right to choose! If those that came before me would not have fought for my rights, I would not have had the chance to complete college and work in my chosen profession. The boyfriend turned out to be not such a good guy! I have no regrets, only gratitude that I had the choice! I have two healthy children that I love very much!

I have never questioned my decision to chose to terminate the unplanned pregnancy. I do not think that abortion should be taken lightly. It is not a form of birth control. However, it has its place in the health care arena and it is essential that we always have this option available to all women! It was my life, my body and therefore my choice to decide. I will always be grateful for my right to choose!" —anonymous

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