pregnant female athlete
yes, abortions happen to us too!!
Since being sexually active
i thought i would never get pregnant because it just didn't happen to girls like
me. i was a popular young female student-athlete at an NCAA college. i had everything
going for me, or so i thought. i had good grades, great friends, parents who supported
me, and a lot of guys pursuing me.
when i met the guy who
got me pregnant we hit it off right away. we were inseparable for the month we
were together. i was so comfortable with him that i let my guard down and had
unprotected sex with him. at fist i thought it was nothing, but in a few weeks
i was getting really worried because my period was late. my cousin and i finally
went to the store and got a home pregnancy test the week of finals. to my dismay
i found out i was pregnant.
i could not tell anyone. i couldn't
tell my mom and dad in fear of disappointing them, i didn't want to tell my close
friends because they looked up to me so, and i definitely couldn't let anyone
at my school find out. the reason for that was because i go to a very strict christian
college who doesn't even allow dancing on campus, so one can imagine people hearing
i was pregnant and having an abortion. i would definitely get expelled. when i
told the guy he was very cold and distant. neither of us had planned this and
are relatively young. i didn't care and took matters into my own hands.
called several clinics and started doing tons of research on the abortion procedure.
finally when i chose ___ clinic i was so happy with the friendly nonjudgmental
workers they had there. i went into my appointment feeling very optimistic and
determined that i was going to make it through this very hard decision. after
the procedure the doctor asked if i was all right and i felt fine. i just had
a little discomfort which was mostly because of the local anesthesia, but the
actual procedure took about one minute. i was in the clinic and out within three
hours. i am just so grateful that __ clinic has a very friendly and supportive
staff because they made the environment very relaxed and at ease.
think the most important thing is abortion is a big decision in a woman's life
and having the choice to have an abortion is very empowering. i am not saying
that this was the greatest experience in my life, but having the freedom and no
pressure to make this decision makes me feel really happy. i also believe that
you have to be a strong person and have a great support network and that's what
good friends and ___ clinic provide.Melissa
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1997, a California high school sophomore won a science fair award for a project
measuring condom reliability. She was on her way to the regional science fair
competition when the school superintendent disqualified her project explaining,
"because it is on condom reliability, it encourages safe sex. Our philosophy
is abstinence, not safe sex." THAT'S WHY US teens have the highest rates
of pregnancy, childbirth, abortion and HIV of any developed nation.