Growing up in a conservative area, I've never really thought much about abortion. Sex education classes always preached abstinence and "good girls," a demographic I've always been included in, never had sex before marriage. That is until I found myself in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship with a "good, Christian boy" and became pregnant.
I got birth control at age 14. I lived away from parents, at boarding school. There were no parental consent laws in my state, and I got treated very well at the family planning center.
I was told by doctors I could never get pregnant and decided to have sex without protection. Soon I found out they were wrong. I was starting my senior year of college and had no plan of having a kid. My parents didn't believe in abortions and being completely honest I didn't either until now.
My abortion made me a better parent.
At age 18 most kids believe they are invincible. But what some kids don't realize is that life can simply change in the blink of an eye. I wasn't ready for a baby nor was my boyfriend of only two months.
Why are you pro-choice? Did you have a powerful experience at a pro-choice march or rally? Did you or a friend face an unplanned pregnancy? Do you remember what it was like before abortion was legal? Tell us your story.