February 18, 2020

Below is an English summary translation of the narration in the above video.

“I want to share my abortion story to dispel some of the prejudices surrounding abortion. Maybe this will help others who are going through what I went through.

I’d been using a very effective method of contraception, but got pregnant anyway. I started to feel changes in my body almost immediately. I told myself there was no way I could be pregnant. But I felt pregnant, so bought a pregnancy test to be sure one way or the other. The test was negative. So, okay, that’s that, right? No.The days went by and I still wasn’t feeling like myself. I read online that you have to wait at least two weeks after a sexual encounter before the pregnancy test can give an accurate reading, so I took another test. This time it read positive. I didn’t want to believe it. It didn’t make any sense. So I took another test; it read positive, too.

When I told my family and my boyfriend’s family, everyone started to tell me what to do. I felt pressure from every direction; it was like what I thought didn’t matter. I finally had an abortion when I was 9 weeks along. I watched a video where you can hear the heartbeat. It didn’t seem like just an embryo to me; it seemed like a fetus with arms and legs. That decision to give life or not give life is no small matter. I’m the one who has to live my decision. And now I work with others faced with the same decision. I want them to feel supported, whether they decide to have an abortion or to continue the pregnancy. I want them to know that it’s their choice either way. I want us to stop talking about abortion as if it’s a crime. I also want us to stop telling girls, even though they’re young, that it’s wrong to keep the baby. No one should tell you what to do with your body. It’s your choice. No matter what you’ve been brought up to believe, when it comes right down to it, you can’t plan how you’re going to feel, you don’t know how you’re going to react, and it’s your decision to make. Every girl has her own path. I want us to stop judging each other’s choices.”

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