I am a single mother of six children, struggling to make ends meet. Additionally, I have spinal injuries that have worsened since my last pregnancy. I am not sure what will happen if I carry this pregnancy to term because I am in need of another surgery. I have to stay healthy to support the children I have now. If this choice wasn’t available, I’m not sure what would happen to our family. Thanks so much for your help.
The seven of us
--Submitted by Veronica* through a member clinic
This pregnancy was a shock to me. Throughout my life I’ve been very careful about my reproductive choices. I have only ever had one partner, we used protection, and I took the morning after pill when I thought the protection we used failed. When I realized that I was late, I felt scared and alone. I’m struggling through school, my parents help emotionally but not financially, and the man that I’m involved with, while a great friend, is unstable. I’ve always believed that women should have the right to choose, although I didn’t think I supported the cause. Now that I realize how easily this can happen—even when being responsible—it is a comfort to know that I have options. Although this was a hard decision, I’m thankful I have the choice.
--Submitted by Billie* through a member clinic
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