Angel's Story

Well my story is a lot like everyone else's. Last year I had just turned 16. I was new to this town and just went through a painful breakup. I met a new group of people and started hanging out with them. And they were older kids. In this town everybody knows everyone else's business.

I started hanging around this guy a lot and he was 22. I thought we were just going to be friends but after while it seemed he wanted more. I guess I was just looking for comfort because I was heart broken. He started pushing for more and even though I was not a virgin I really did not want it. I gave in. I really don't know why maybe it was so he would stop pushing me for it . Either way it happened. I did it.

I only had sex with him twice and about a month later I began to suspect I was pregnant. The only reason I brought the test that night was to prove to myself that I was not pregnant. I stood in the bathroom for the longest time just crying. I was at work when I took the test and some coworkers came in there and realized what was wrong.

Someone paged him and he came up there. He was happy. The only reason was because he wanted to trap me. He already has 3 year old twins he never sees or pays child support for.

I hid it for as long as I could and I finally told my mom. All my parents could say was abortion. And I cried for this poor unborn baby no one wanted. After I told them no one said anything about it for a long time. When I was 4 and a half months pregnant I found out they had set up an abortion appointment for me out of state. It cost $750.00 And I really did not have a say so in the matter. I'm not saying if it was up to me I wouldn't have done the same thing but I never had a choice in the matter.

September 1998

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