I grew up Catholic and all the messages I ever heard were that it would be a lifetime of regret and shame. That’s hooey! Best choice I ever made. My life is totally awesome now; happily married, college educated, well-off financially, emotionally healthy, and planning on starting a family this year! All thanks to that abortion.
The only emotional toll it took on me was dealing with all the horrible and traumatizing restrictions & cruel protesters. But it didn’t take me long to get over that either. As a 17-yr-old minor I had to get a judicial bypass (to get past the parental consent law) from a white male pro-life judge who had me on the stand for a half hour trying to convince me to change my mind, wait 24 hours so I had to wade through the cruel protesters twice, get an ultrasound that you had to look at and talk about, be read anti-abortion “counseling” rant by a monotone nurse who obviously hated that she had to read it, and wait until 15 weeks since I needed to get a court date and public attorney for the judicial bypass. This was 13 years ago. I just checked and the laws are the same. Lame.
I think it’s important to note that my abortion is a total secret from everyone but my husband and best friend. So, if you see me, a yuppie with all my shit together, and think there’s no way that I ever had an abortion. Nope! Even the most responsible people have abortions. The stats say it’s like 1 in 3? So, even that judgmental aunt of yours probably had one. Your boss who always wears pencil skirts and looks like she could rule the world. She had one. They just aren’t telling anyone. That’s why this is such a good idea. Wish I were brave enough not to be anonymous. But, trust me, girl. You aren’t the only one.