I was lucky enough that my mom was able to set her political and religious beliefs aside in order to protect me from the many struggles that I would have faced caused by failed birth control.
I hear all the time about the stereotype of what type of girl/woman have abortions. Sleeping around, not using birth control, etc. I am here to tell you that their wrong!
I grew up in a conservative Hispanic family, and I was terrified of seeking birth control when I became sexually active; most importantly, I was terrified of getting caught using birth control by my parents.
I got birth control at age 14. I lived away from parents, at boarding school. There were no parental consent laws in my state, and I got treated very well at the family planning center.
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When I was in 7th grade I began menstruating. I had no idea what kind of pain I was in store for in the following years. Every month when I would get my period I would be in bed, in tears, from the pain of my cramps.
I had my first child when I was only 15 years old, a ninth grader in junior high.
I got pregnant from my second sexual experience at age 21.
I was raised Catholic so I didn't know anything about sex or birth control.
In 1972, as a 16 year old girl in high school, I instituted the “sex information center” at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, NY.
My commitment to reproductive rights comes from my firm belief that all people are equal and should be allowed to determine the course of their own lives.
When I was in high school, my Mom took me to my first rally in Washington. At the same time she discussed birth control, abortion and the struggle that women went through to have the right to control their own reproduction.
I remember trying to get my insurance company to pay for my birth control pills that I was perscribed for medical (not just birth control) reasons...
A few years back after changing jobs I was left without health insurance. I couldn't afford my birth control and other routine health visits so I turned to my local Planned Parenthood...
A lot of pro-life people think that being Pro-choice means you always choose abortion. That is not the case.
If a woman cannot control her fertility, she cannot control her life.
I had an abortion and I am thankful for the clinic staff and the right to have an abortion...
Several reasons I am pro-choice: I am pro-human, including pro-child! Every day I hear about abused or neglected children, children out on the streets, with drug problems, etc. Every child should be a WANTED child, and one who is going to be taken care of.
My great grandmother had an illegal abortion.
I was raped when I was 18. Thankfully I was able to receive a morning-after pill.