My name is Jaime, and I had my first
abortion at the age of 17. I was a junior in high school, active in sports, and
just plain dumb.
I found out I was pregnant when my mother noticed that
I had not had a period in a while. One day she came home with a pregnancy test
and told me to take it. During the three minutes of waiting, I was telling myself
over and over, that I just couldn't be pregnant. Well, all that hoping, and praying
didn't help. The test was positive. The next day we went to a clinic to get an
"official" pregnancy test. They told me to call back in 2 hours.
we were waiting, my mom and I went to the mall, and sat and talked about everything.
She was very adamant in her opinion, but supportive in the same. After the 2 hours
was up, I called the clinic and got the results. I was "officially"
pregnant. I scheduled my abortion to be in 2 days.
The day of the abortion,
my mom and my best friend went with me. It was very helpful to have them there
with me. The procedure was done in 5 minutes. I had one complication. I went into
shock. My blood pressure dropped to 50/30. They had me lie down, and put a blanket
over me, even though I was burning up. I was back to normal in about 10 minutes,
but they kept me there for an hour, to be sure that everything was okay.
was 5 years ago. I went on with my life and tried to block my feelings, but that
is very hard to do. I got married when I was 20, and shortly after I was pregnant.
I carried my baby to term, and had a beautiful baby girl, who is now 18 months
old. My husband and I separated In April of 1998, and I moved back with my parents,
bringing my baby with me.
In May of 98, I found out I was pregnant again.
I had gotten pregnant just days before my husband left me. With no husband, one
child already, my choices were slim, in my mind. I chose to have my pregnancy
terminated. Luckily, this abortion went smoother than the last.
I am glad
that I had the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. I give thanks
and praise to all the women who came before me, and fought for me to be able to
have this right. I don't think I could ever have another, but I am, and always
will be Pro-Choice. If anyone ever needs to talk to someone who has been there,
you for listening
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am an unapologetic feminist physician. I perform unapologetic feminist abortions."
- Dr. Elizabeth Karlin