When I had an abortion in April of '93,
I was surprised at how hard it was to talk about it, even with my closest friends.
I was also surprised at how many women I knew had had abortions -- it was like
this sad secret everyone had. Their stories helped me so much -- talking about
it with people who had gone through it made me feel much less ashamed, much less
alone. Since then I've been able to share my story with other women and offer
my support to them.
The decision to have an abortion was one of the most
difficult decisions I've ever had to make, and I am deeply sorry that I got myself
into the situation that necessitated such hard choices. But the farther I get
from that decision, the clearer it is that it was the right thing to do. I'm very
grateful that the choice was there for me to make.
Now I'm pregnant and
eagerly awaiting the arrival of my first child. This pregnancy has brought home
deeper than ever how completely unready I was then to be a mother. I really believe
that my abortion experience pushed me onto a better, more responsible path --
so that I am now ready and eager to welcome a child into my life.Mikala
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know I am quite aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it.
Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must
be but a challenge to others."
- Amelia Earhart, in her last letter to
her husband, 1937.