Candace's Story

In the town where I live many people do not believe in teenage sex, I just happen to be on the opposing side. I got pregnant and my boyfriend rejected me. My parents would not pay for my abortion so I had to go to a tattoo shop downtown and was charged $75 for one of the artists to give me a "homemade" abortion.

If there were more opportunities for young girls like me to go to a place of refuge and take care of our responsibilities (abortion) then I wouldn't have had to go to that extent. I sure hope nobody else has to go through something like this.

26 May 2000

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