I was 19 years old and it was one of the hardest and most thought out decisions I ever made...


“I was 19 years old and it was one of the hardest and most thought out decisions I ever made. I found out I was pregnant during finals week of my junior year of college. It's crazy though because I had been taking birth control for over a year.

The day after I told my boyfriend at the time that I was pregnant, I found out he had been speaking intimately with other girls the entire time we had been dating. I was also an RA to help pay for school. If I was pregnant I would have lost my job and had to find housing off campus. I was only one year away from graduating and I had planned on going to grad school. I also came from a conservative background and I was shaking at the thought of telling my family about the pregnancy since I was not married.

When I went to planned parenthood I found out that I was only 2 weeks along, if that and I could have a safe and non invasive abortion through a pill.

I thought hard about my life and the way I grew up and the life I wanted for my children and it was not what would have been if I stayed in my current situation. I am almost finished with my masters degree now and my current boyfriend and I are speaking seriously about marriage and although it was difficult I think I did what was right. My choice was about my children and that pregnancy as well. A child of mine deserved better than what I had to offer at the time of that pregnancy.

After my abortion, I took my birth control even more seriously and got an implant to ensure that I won't get pregnant again until I am ready to start my family. I still have a photo of the ultrasound even though it's just a dot, it's a constant reminder to work hard to achieve my goals and to prepare myself for the day I'm ready to be a mom.” —Anonymous

#collegestudent #birthcontrol #notready

A PROJECT OF
Preterm logo

© Preterm 2018 | 12000 Shaker Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44120 | info@preterm.org