Let’s Talk About Abortion!
I recently had an abortion.
I’ve been a life long pro-choice advocate. That did not make the decision any easier. My choice to get an abortion was quite likely the hardest decision I will ever make. I carefully looked at all other options; I considered adoption, I looked at options to keep it, hell, I even tried to see if I knew people who would help me.
When I found out my (ex)fiance was cheating on me, I tried to forgive him but he left me. A week later I found out I was pregnant. I was estimated to be at 5ish weeks. I panicked. I had no one to turn to. My fiance was gone, my family was not supportive, and I had no job. I had nothing. And yet I still tried to find a way.
A few weeks later I had my first appointment with Planned Parenthood. They had to do an ultrasound, test my blood, do an STD screening, and give very graphic details as to what the abortion does. Then I had to wait at least a week to have the actual procedure done. That was the most hellish week (10 days, actually).
When I arrived at Planned Parenthood the morning of my abortion, there was a group of bible-thumping protesters outside. I recognized a few of them. They started yelling at me, “Don’t kill the baby!” “Stop being so selfish!” “Think of the life you’re throwing away!”
I held my head high and I walked in. And then I cried.
I have more anxiety because of the protesters than I do from the actual procedure itself (which is quite emotionally and physically draining).
The thing is, those protesters didn’t know me. They didn’t know my situation, and they sure as hell didn’t know why I was there. I could’ve been there for an STD screening. But they decided to bombard me with their
religious freedom hate anyway.
The decision to get an abortion is not an easy one to make, but sometimes it’s the only reasonable option someone has. Please, if you are reading this and are pro-life, please don’t protest outside of abortion clinics. I understand that you think it’s wrong but if you’re going to try to change things don’t do it then. Host meetings elsewhere, and maybe try to educate people on your beliefs (without shoving them down their throats). And if you’re pro-choice, feel free to use my words in future arguments! And literally anyone feel free to share as often and harshly as you want. <3