With two teenage children and being 40 years old, I was not planning on or ready to start raising another child. I am a nurse and was recently laid off so my finances are limited. After the initial visit, I was a few weeks farther than I originally thought. Without the help and support from NAF, there was absolutely no way I could have come up with the extra money on that short notice. NAF was literally the biggest stress relief in my life during an already difficult time.
--Submitted by Dallas* from a member clinic
This was an unplanned pregnancy and the man involved has not been emotionally or financially supportive of my decision to not continue with this pregnancy. I will be starting graduate school this fall and I have an incredible amount of student loans as well as the loans I will be taking out for this fall. The cost of the abortion would empty out my entire checking account. Thanks to the NAF Hotline, I will be able to continue with my life, and continue with my education. This organization’s support has meant a lot to me, and filled an emotional void that I was lacking from my partner. It is an incredible feeling to know that someone is on your side and fighting for me to succeed in the future. I hope to be able to make donations to NAF. I thank NAF and its member clinic in Ohio for making this an option for so many women.
--Submitted by Sigourney* from a member clinic
Over one-third of women of reproductive age have an abortion by the age of 45. However, women who have chosen abortion are often absent from the public debate. In order to break the silence surrounding abortion, we feature real stories from real women each Wednesday on our blog. If you would like to share your story with us or have it published on our blog, go to http://www.prochoice.org/pregnant/hotline/share.html.