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I was 21, in the military stationed in Germany, and a few weeks from deploying to Iraq.

I was on the pill, and we used a condom, but I found out later that he would orgasm and then continue to let me finish, so the semen likely spilled out.

Days before we were set to ship out, they made all the women go down to HQ and take pregnancy tests. They had one soldier who was already pregnant hand out the cups to pee in and everyone lined up and when in and out of the stalls. When I came out of the stall I handed her my pee and she stuck the test in. A couple of minutes later she awkwardly chuckles and asks if I can take another one. I immediately burst into tears and time stood still. The 2nd test was positive. I was sent an hour away to have my blood tested at the main base.

I felt so much relief and hope for my life after my abortion.

Alaina H.
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NARAL Member

Once confirmed I could no longer deploy, I was told the Army does not offer abortions so I found a clinic in Germany. I went straight there, but it was closed that day and I had to make an appointment. Once I was seen I was told I had to wait 2 weeks.

In those 2 weeks, I was bombarded by my senior leadership trying to talk me out of the abortion. I was forced to meet with their wives who had considered abortion but decided to get married instead.

The guy had already shipped out so I wrote him a letter and gave it to my friends to give to him when they got there. I told him I was having an abortion, but wanted to let him know.

He asked me to have the baby and give it to his mother. I told him I didn’t want to, but that I would think about it and to call me before the appointment in two weeks. He said he didn’t think I would change my mind and decided not to call, he told me years later.

I felt so much relief and hope for my life after my abortion.

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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