Jen's Story

I am a college student, and I am writing a report for my English class on the importance of pro-choice decisions in our society. I came across your site and I found it to be very encouraging. I agree that women should have the right to choose whether or not they want to carry a pregnancy to full-term.

My story is a little different, because my child was three when I decided to terminate my second pregnancy. I was twenty-two, and I never would have imagined myself in that situation. I was very careful, and used protection every time my boyfriend (who was also my three-year-old's father) and I had sex.

I had always been pro-choice, but I never believed I could terminate a pregnancy. That's the thing.... no one knows what they would do in a particular situation, until they are in it.

It was the most difficult decision I've ever made, but I had to consider the child I did have, not what would have been. I knew I could not provide for two children on my income. I know now that I would not have been able to go to college and pursue my goals if I had not terminated the pregnancy.

My child is now five-years-old, and I look at him knowing I made the right choice.

2 April 2001

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