It was the fall of 1990, my senior year in high school. I wasn't part of the
"popular" crowd but I was very active in the band program. I had already
been accepted to 3 universities on my musical talent alone (my grades weren't
that good). I was dating a guy who was a junior and we had a very rocky relationship.
We grew up in two totally different worlds. His mom was a "slave" to
the family and my mother had taught me to be a leader.
One night I was over
at his house and his parents were asleep. We started making love on the couch
and when it was all over with, I felt somewhat different. I didn't think much
about it until my period was late (my mother kept track of it). So she took me
to a women's clinic where I had a pregnancy test done and it came out positive.
I was in total shock. My world started to spin in front of my eyes and it really
I saw how his mother lived and I knew if I kept this pregnancy,
I would end just like her. I knew that "if" I finished school, I would
be about to give birth the same time I would "walk across the stage."
I didn't want that and you can kill the dreams of going to college. Everything
I ever wanted would be gone because of one night of stupidity, and then I started
to think of the positive side to abortion. Why should I ruin a child's life because
of my incompetency? How could I, at 17 years old, care for a baby? How could my
boyfriend (who was 16) provide for me and a baby? Impossible...and I knew it.
It was a very hard choice for me but I made it and I am proud of
myself for the decision that I made. I'm 25 now....I tried college..but at least
going to college was a "choice" and not "impossible" I still
have the love of my family and friends (especially my family). It was December
29th 1990, when I terminated my pregnancy and I don't regret it a bit.Roberta
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were 338 fewer facilities providing abortion services (hospitals, clinics and
physicians' offices) in 1996 compared with 1992. This 14% decrease in providers
was nearly twice the proportion lost between 1988 and 1992 (8%), and three times
the drop between 1985 and 1988 (4%)
- December 1998, Alan