I became pregnant during my junior year of college. My partner and I were using both condoms and the pill at the time to help prevent an unwanted pregnancy. I was living abroad working in community health at the time, away from the partner I was dating.

I was terrified, uneasy, and felt absolutely terrible (sick). I called my mom crying when I found out, and she shared with me that she also had an abortion at almost the same exact age I was at the time. She normalized it. I felt no shame, but endured the process in a foreign country.

I have never once regretted the decision. Not only was it right for me, my partner at the time, and my future, but it also allowed me to flourish into my own person.

Now in my 30’s, I have two masters degrees, a fantastic, stable life with my husband and we now have the change to PLAN our family, which we will be hopefully starting in the next year.