Crystal's Story

I am a 28-year-old student who recently started college. I have a daughter who is almost five and as a single parent, I decided it would be best for our future to not have another baby now. I waited until it was too late in my country and to have an abortion, but discovered the Cedar River Clinic through a clinic in Canada.

I traveled 12 hours each way to have the procedure. After only a few days I feel much relief for what I have done. I don't know if anyone would call it selfish, but it was my decision to make and I KNOW I made the right one. I have always been pro-choice but never thought I would be the one making that choice.

I am lucky to have great family support to help me through all this. The staff at the clinic was also excellent and treated me great. Everybody who knows helped me through the most difficult time in my life and I am very grateful. I would recommend anyone who needs advice to call the Cedar River Clinic...wonderful people who can help you make a decision that is right for you.

Thanks again to all those who supported me...I will need you again for talking about this in the future as I know there will probably be many hard times ahead.

13 April 2002

more stories -- share your story

Birth Control Comparison - alll methods Abortion Info from Feminist Women's Health CenterShare your story
Poetry and Prose - by women about their reproductive lives Teens HealthResources for Women of Color
Feminist Abortion Clinics Real Life Abortion Stories from teens Questions and Answers


"Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. Their articulation represents a complete, lived experience." -Ingrid Bengis in the Quotable Woman