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When I was 22 I found myself in a relationship with a man who was physically, sexually, and emotionally abusive.  I became pregnant about 4 months into that relationship.  I made the difficult decision to terminate that pregnancy.  I had to go to a clinic and walk through a crowd of angry protesters who screamed at me.  Ending that pregnancy was the most emotionally and physically painful thing I have ever experienced in my life.  However, I am grateful every day that I was able to make that choice rather than bring a child into an abusive situation.  Every child deserves a loving home, and I wasn't able to provide that.  It took me 2 more years to be able to leave that abusive relationship and move on with my life.  I truly believe that if I had had a child with that man, that I would have stayed longer or even married him - which I also believe would have led to my eventual death from the escalating abuse.

I want to thank everyone at NARAL Pro-Choice America for working dilligently to keep abortion and reproductive services legal, safe, and accessible to all women who need them.  In a way, you probably helped save my life, and for that I am grateful. 

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