"When I came to Preterm in autumn 2010, I had been beaten, I had been raped, and I was pregnant. I had bruises everywhere. I was sore everywhere, even my bones. When I looked at myself in the mirror I cried because I didn’t even recognize myself. My friends and family didn’t recognize me either.
I didn’t know what it was like to feel safe anymore and I was sick with dread. I’ve thankfully never been that sick again in my life. But, as soon as I walked into Preterm, I felt safe there.
The Preterm staff marked my bruises on a chart, they asked me questions that made me feel valid and believed. They cared about what I wanted. It was the first time I had felt safe in months. I could finally breathe and begin to believe everything would be OK.
I proudly proclaim it’s OK to have an abortion. But, more than that, I want to say…of course it’s OK to have an abortion. Abortion is a liberty and a right for all women. We do not have to be slaves to any authoritarian ideals about our bodies." —Anonymous