I have always considered myself pro-choice. 10 years ago, at the age of 24, I had to face my beliefs- I made the choice to have an abortion.
I had graduated college with a 4 year bachelor's degree, was dating a man for 1 year, and was earning about 800 dollars a month. At the time I had the only basic health insurance I could afford at 50 dollars a month, however, it did not cover the cost of my 36 dollar a month birth control prescription. All was well until I found that one month money was tight and I didn't have the money for the monthly contraception. At the time my boyfriend refused to use condoms (real winner, right?), so we resorted to "natural family planning". I got pregnant that month.
My decision to get an abortion, although difficult, was very clear cut for me: I had no financial security, a non-supportive family, and I was in a less than healthy relationship. I also realized that if I had that baby, I would have to give up all of my hopes and dreams for my future career, and although I knew that I eventually wanted a family, the time was not right to start one. Luckily, I found a local Planned Parenthood chapter that helped me through the process and afterward, I ended up getting subsequent monthly birth control pills at a significantly reduced price.
Today I am a Navy jet pilot, flying on and off aircraft carriers while deployed for months at a time. I often think of how differently my life would have turned out had I given birth 10 years ago. I do know this though- I would not have been able to pursue my dream to serve my country in this capacity, and I am grateful that I was given the ability to decide what was right for me.
Today I am pregnant with my first child, and I couldn't be more thrilled. What a difference a decade makes! I have since bought a house, am financially stable, have a great job, and met a wonderful man who is the father of this baby. I am in a MUCH better position to bring this very wanted baby into this world, but one thing remains the same: I am still very much pro-choice.