Like many women, I grew up in a religious family. While I cannot remember ever being explicitly told abortion was wrong, it was easy to tell which side was good and bad. With that being said, I grew up trying to avoid the topic in general.
Two years ago I found out I was pregnant during my first week of an intense graduate program. Having been on birth control for months, this was a complete shock. I had been with my partner less than a year and both of were full time students. I chose to have an abortion and it was undoubtedly the hardest decision I've made in my life. Deep down I knew that I could not consciously choose to keep a child in the position I was in and I couldn't do that to my partner either. And especially to a child. It wouldn't have been fair to anyone.
Since then I have finished school, found a job I love and am enjoying the time I have to figure out my life. I feel like this experience helped me to open my eyes to women's issues and I am truly grateful for that. Looking back is hard and makes me a little sad at times and that's OK because it was a hard and sad time. In the end, I do not regret my decision for one minute and I am proud to say I am pro-choice and pro-women.