“I had an abortion when I was 16 years old. When I found out I was pregnant my best friend and I went to grocery store, bought a pregnancy test, and took it to the Panera Bread public restroom because I didn’t want my Mom to find out. I was so embarrassed because all my life my mom would tell me not to get pregnant young and I would always say that I wouldn’t. But the truth is, I never thought it would happen to me and as a result it did. My boyfriend at the time and I were mortified, and we were trying to figure out a way to do it secretly so that no one would find out. We knew we were too young. Too irresponsible. Too unprepared.
I think I was six weeks pregnant when my mom found out. She was disappointed that it had happened, but she knew we had to take care of it now before it was too late. We didn’t have a conversation about it. I knew I wasn’t ready to have a child. I was a teenager and I wasn’t thinking about the consequences of my actions. I didn’t make the decision lightly but at the same time, I can’t say I experienced the same post-abortion trauma some people may have gone through. I was happy I had another chance to get it right and make the right choices for myself. I was a kid and I still had a lot of growing to do.
My Mother took to me to a planned parenthood clinic where I received an abortion by trained professionals, and everything went smoothly. I am so grateful that I did because in the termination of that potential life, it gave me a chance to be a better person and to grow. I am able to plan the kind of life that I want to live. I take creating life very seriously and because of that I didn’t want my children to have to suffer on account of my bad decisions. I was 16 and I just wanted to provide a life worth living and I wasn’t ready and I’m still not. I’m so grateful that I got the second chance and every female deserves that right to choose her path and create a life of her own choosing. I believe these laws are severely unconstitutional and have no place in our future.” – Susana Bustamante