Denise's Story

I'm 16 years old and had an abortion not even a week ago. I'm still confused about the whole thing really. I don't really know if it was the right choice for me or not. Sometimes I wish I hadn't have done it. And sometimes life seems so much easier without a child. I was only 2 months pregnant, but in those few week I grew very fond of the baby growing inside of me. I would talk to her and rub my tummy all the time. The father always kissed my tummy and even told our unborn child he loved her. I'm so thankful to have him in my life because I don't know if I could have done all this without him. He was very supportive when we found out I was prgnant. We talked about our choices all the time. Then we finally decided on abortion. I still don't even believe in it. It just seemed like the right thing to do at the time. I will never forget my baby and I think about him/her everyday. The night before I had the abortion I wrote him/her a letter saying that I was sorry and it wasn't easy letting go. I hope someday to have kids. I guess now it just wasn't meant to be for me.

25 June 2001

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