Trisha's Story

I had my first abortion when I was 17. My mom said I could not have the baby because my anti-depressants could caused deformations to the fetus. She also stated that, I had to abort the fetus or leave her house.

I had a surgical abortion under general anesthesia. Afterwards I was relieved and sad. I sobbed for hours. I am 26 years old now. I had my second abortion 4 months ago. When I found out I was pregnant I was shocked. I had just moved across the country with my boyfriend. I had no friends, family, money or medical insurance.

While moving, I had found documents my boyfriend hid showing he had a two year old son. from a previous relationship. I was sad. Soon afterwards, he became abusive, breaking my things, yelling at me, and bruising me. I called my mom and she would tell me to "stick it out". I did not want to have another abortion. Many of my younger cousins had children and they were happy.

My boyfriend and I went to the clinic and it was a physically painful abortion. Afterwards my boyfriend took me home and left me their while he went drinking with his friends. I felt very alone. At this moment, I know my baby is in heaven. I could not give it what it needed, food, money and safety from it’s own father.

June 2007

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