Michele's Story

My name is Michele. I'm almost 20 (I have a 13 more days to go), and I now find myself 6 weeks pregnant. Believe me when I say that I never thought it could happen to me.

Last year, I met this guy. We became friends, and began dating. While we were dating, he told me he had never had sex with anyone. Since I hadn't either, I did not see this as a big deal.

About a month into the relationship, maybe a little more, we found ourselves having sex. We were protected, and everything was fine. Then he turned into a fiend, wanting it all the time.

After a few months, I thought I may have been pregnant. I wasn't on the pill, but we were careful. It turned out to be a false alarm, but we broke up anyway, because he couldn't deal.

After months of not speaking, we were back on good terms, and started dating again. We also started having sex again. Ad this time, we weren't so careful. But I didn't think that I could get pregnant.

A month and a half after we started dating again, we broke up, this time for other reasons. A week later, I found out I was pregnant.

He still doesn't know. And I've decided to have an abortion, simply because I know that I'm not ready for a child now, nor can I raise this child. I don't know if I should tell him, now that we are no longer together, but I don't regret not telling him. I don't want the money, and I don't want him to know. Him knowing, I believe, will only make the situation worse.

I'm prepared for the abortion ...

October 1998

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49% of pregnancies occurring in 1994 were unintended (unplanned).  In 1987, it was 57%.
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