Only one regret

by Anonymous

June 4, 2019

I was thirty one years old. I had been married a year, had just immigrated to the US, had a puppy, had started my PhD program and was about to have my husband’s 14 year old daughter come to live with us.

After a week of being so exhausted I couldn’t grocery shop without a nap, I went to the doctor where I was told I was pregnant. I knew immediately that I didn’t want to have a baby. I’d never wanted children and even if I did, there was too much happening in my life for a child.

My husband and I made arrangements to have an abortion as soon as possible. I spent the day in a clinic, waiting with other women to see a doctor, have blood work done, and receive counseling.

Honestly, the abortion itself was one of the scariest things I have ever done, but I have never for one second regretted my decision.  I did the right thing for my family, my career and for me. This is a medical procedure that makes lives better. I am grateful for my reproductive rights to make my own choice. The only thing I have ever regretted is that I was unable to tell anyone that I had an abortion, because I have been afraid of judgement.  I hope my story helps someone.

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