"I am 22 and found out I was pregnant on February 11th, 2016. I was late but after coming off the pill a couple months prior, my period was irregular so I did not think much of it. I used condoms with all the partners I had sex with so I did not think being pregnant was not a possibility. I remember being a week in a half late so I wanted to take a test to just confirm that I wasn't pregnant.
I took the test and couldn't believe that the pregnancy line came up within a matter of seconds. I didn't think it was real, I was in shock. After contacting the father, who I was no longer with because we were just casually seeing each other for about a month. I was very grateful for how supportive he was and would help me in any situation I chose.
I chose to have an abortion because I recently graduated college and just started my first real job and live in a state I don't know many people in. I knew I was not financially stable to have a child and did not want to give a child a life I did not think was what he/she deserved. I also knew I could not support this child on my own.
None of my family knows, only several close friends that I knew I could trust to tell. I had a medical abortion, I liked that I was able to have it in the privacy of my own home, but I will never forget the pain I felt. I think about my decision every day, and some days are hard and others are good. I know this decision will effect me for the rest of my life but I know what I decided was in the best interest of my future and the future of the child.
I didn't think my religious background would matter because I have always believed a woman has the right to the choice but you never know how you would react until you are in the situation. It isn't easy and I struggle with this every day.
But never forget that you are worth it, you are worth the decision on how you are going to live your life. You don't know what to do until you are in that situation and whatever your choice, as long as you are happy that is all that matters. This experience will not define who you are, but shape you into the amazing person you are suppose to be." —Anonymous