I grew up in a small town in California and was the first in my family to go to college.
Last year, I had an abortion. I can't say how thankful I am to have had the choice to have one.
When Judson Memorial church in NYC began a choice campaign, we began one in Philadelphia. I contacted clergy and got it started.
I used to say that I was pro-choice, but would include, "I wouldn't do it, but it's good that other women have that choice."
I am of the age when we had homes for unwed mothers, where children as young as 12 were sent to have babies.
I support choice because I am raising a beautiful 14 year old daughter and I am old enough to remember what it was like before Roe vs. Wade.
Even as a teenager, I knew a woman's right to choose when and if to have children was important.
I have 4 children, birthed naturally and it was a wonderful and rewarding experience and continues to be.
I became fully supportive of pro-choice during medical school training, when the full impact of unwanted pregnancies and children was visible and touchable on a daily basis.
In the late sixties I was in medical school in Maryland which had just passed a law allowing abortions for state residents.
I was newly married in 1972 and my husband had many years of college and graduate school remaining.
Gennie, over 45
My mother was 38 when she passed away. I was 17, and my brother 14. My father told us that she died of kidney failure, which was not entirely a lie.
I consider abortion my life saver. When my mother was my age she got pregnant.
Thirty-five years ago, I was married and the mother of a beautiful little girl.
I remember when I was a little girl at age 10 an anti-abortion woman lived next door. I used to play in her yard with the other neighborhood children every day.
Growing up, my parents taught us the importance of respecting ourselves and others.
My mother is a feminist and instilled those values in me from a very young age; I remember having arguments about abortion with my friends when I was in 3rd grade.
I've always been pro-choice and believe in a woman's right to have control over her own body -pregnant with a baby or not.
I have never had an abortion. I know people who have but that doesn't matter.
Well, my story is my grandmother's story.
I guess my story began with a conversation I had with my priest. I was 12 at the time and the topic was one I had heard on evening news.
I suppose I have always considered myself a feminist. For 29 years, my mother has continued to share with me certain pieces of wisdom about loving, living, and learning as a woman.
Why am I Pro Choice? This is something I really haven't thought about in a while. So thank you for giving me the opportunity to answer that question.
The movie If These Walls Could Talk really reinforced my preexisting belief that the decision to have an abortion (or decision not to have an abortion) is a woman's CHOICE.
I was pro-life, came from a family who preached abortion as evil.