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Many years ago I was faced with a dilemma.

I got pregnant for the 3rd time. With 2 small girls, ages 2 & 4, and me being a single mother, there was no way I could take care of a 3rd child while working full-time with my 2 daughters in day care. It was such a struggle every day, getting the girls ready to go to day care, preparing their diaper bag and snacks that they would need for the day, dropping them off and then heading for work. And, at the end of my 9-5 job, I would pick them up, head home, get them dinner, baths, bedtime stories and then before I could turn in, I would do a load of laundry every other night, and again prepare for the next day and do it all over again. By Friday evening, I was wiped out.

As a single mother, I made the decision to have an abortion. As every woman knows who has ever had to make this decision, no matter the circumstances, it is agonizing. Yes, as some would say, I should not have gotten myself pregnant for a third time. But, the reality is, there have been many women in my position. Not making the decision to continue with the pregnancy, was a difficult one, especially after the joy of my daughters’ births and watching them grow. But, neither finances or my sanity would allow me to bring another baby into this world.

My daughters are now 38 and 40 and have given me and my husband 4 beautiful grandchildren. I look at them grow and never for a minute do I regret making that very difficult decision so long ago. My life is complete and we are happy!

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

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