Jackie's Story

I had an abortion three weeks ago.

When I found out I was pregnant I was 15 and attending grade 10 at high school. I was two weeks late for my period, I never thought I could be pregnant. But another week passed and my boyfriend and I really started to worry, I mean we had our whole lives ahead of us.

So I went to the doctors, only to receive a call the next day saying I was definitely pregnant. I remember hanging the phone up crying. That day I never left my room until my boyfriend showed up, he tried to comfort me and said "our only choice is to terminate this pregnancy." I was against abortions at the time, I thought it was murder. So of course I got very angry with him. I couldn't tell my family and I couldn't tell my friends, I had only the health unit to depend on. My family was against abortions, and my older sister couldn't have children, so this was a very tough thing for me to have to do.

I was 12 weeks pregnant and getting sick every day, when finally I decided an abortion is what I would do. We made an appointment and when I was 16 weeks pregnant we headed to the hospital. I cried the whole way there and back. I was very emotional with the whole thing and still am. I found the abortion uncomfortable, but the nurses and counselors helped me a lot and where very supportive. I was scared but my boyfriend was with me through out the whole thing.

To think back makes me cry, but to think ahead makes me feel that I made the right choice. Now I'm all for abortions, and I want every other young women out there to know that we do have choices. If a pregnancy is unwanted, abortions are ok. Even though it may feel wrong going through the termination, at the end you'll realize you made the right choice. I know I did.

21 August 1999

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