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I was not supposed to be someone who got an abortion.

I always believed in a woman’s right to choose, but didn’t think I would ever need to have an abortion. I was married, had a good job, and already had a one-year-old child. Our first child was a huge challenge, and we both agreed to wait to have any more children. Unfortunately, we had a birth control failure, and I ended up pregnant.

We talked about how having a second child would affect our family. We knew it would most likely end up financially ruining us since I didn’t have enough time saved up at work for a paid maternity leave, and we were already low on funds. We were also going through a low point in our marriage and were concerned that adding a child to the mix would result in our marriage ending. It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made but to this day we both agree it was the best for us and our family.

About four years after my abortion, we planned and were able to add another child to our family. He is a blessing, and I am thankful I had the right to choose when I would have children so that I could be a good mother to them.

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

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