When I was sixteen years old I found
out I was pregnant. My boyfriend was much older than I. He was 22 and I was 16
at the time. He was wonderful about it, he offered to marry me, take care of the
baby, or pay for an abortion. He said it was totally up to me.
When I couldn't
decide right away he started pushing for the abortion. I agreed and I went 4 hours
away from home to Atlanta, Ga. to have it. Up until then our relationship had
been wonderful, but shortly after things soured. We started fighting and he would
throw the abortion in my face, we always thought about it, and neither one of
us wanted to talk about it. He became extremely abusive. He started yelling, hitting,
and beating me up, even in public. We stayed together for two years after the
abortion and I just tried not to remember the abortion. Now I realize that bringing
a child into an abuse home was worse than having the abortion.
have moments that I regret it because I'm 19 now and could emotionally and financially
support a child. But in the long run, staying in that situation, or having a tie
to it forever(a baby) was the worse thing for me to do. Latycia
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against women is the world's most pervasive form of human rights abuse says a
1997 United Nations report. From genital mutilation in Africa and dowry killings
in India to domestic violence in the US, millions of women from every class and
in every country live under the threat of physical abuse. More than 60 million
women, who should be alive today, are "missing" because of violence
associated with gender discrimination.
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE