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Clare, 17

At the end of this last year, I was devastated to find that my birth control had failed me. I was pregnant. There wasn't a doubt in my mind that I had to get an abortion. I strictly believe in the right that women have over their bodies. Incapacitated with fear, I kept the pregnancy a secret from everyone in my conservative family. When it was time to go to the clinic, the moment I spoke to the staff, I knew I was making the right choice. They were wonderful people who made me feel like a real person. After the procedure, I had some sadness. That was only at first. I have come to terms with what the reality that a baby at the age of seventeen would have been. It is a decision I am proud to say that my state let me choose for myself.

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