Every woman that has decided to have an abortion has their own unique experience. The story below is the personal abortion experience of a CPC volunteer.
*The CPC provides unbiased, research-based information to all clients considering an abortion. The experience detailed below should be used as a personal testimonial and not considered all-inclusive of every woman’s abortion experience.*
My Abortion Experience
“After getting engaged to my boyfriend of a few years, I thought I would have that happily ever after wedding and a father for my 4 year old son from a previous relationship. Things were OK in the beginning but he became increasingly abusive to me over time. It started out with verbal abuse. Then one night he came home drunk or high on something, woke me from a sound sleep screaming at me then violently began to beat me. That was the night I thought I was going to die. He had his hands around my neck and was trying to strangle the life from me. I managed to escape and get out of the house. It was the first and last time he would ever put his hands on me. I moved out of the state to get away from him, and found myself jobless, broke, homeless and in an unplanned pregnancy.
What to do?
I was devastated, emotionally drained, and scared. How could I care for another child when I could barely feed the child I already had? In desperation, I walked into an abortion clinic for what I thought would be counseling. The counselor reinforced every fear I was experiencing and before I knew it, I handed her the money and went through with the abortion. I regretted it even as the procedure started. It was very painful and the people at the clinic were callus, cold, and uncaring. I cried because I knew at that moment that what I was doing wasn’t what I truly wanted. I wanted to flee from the procedure but it was too late. I had violated my own moral code and it became for me, my shameful, hidden secret for many years afterwards.
Almost immediately after the procedure, I began to feel the emotional effects of the abortion. I thought I would feel relief, and in some ways I did, but the mental distress ruined any relief I felt. I spiraled into years of depression, eating disorders, and terrible relationships with men, as well as panic attacks that I believe stemmed from the fateful day I decided to have my abortion. I suffered years of anguish as a result and I think often of my child and what she (I feel as though it was a baby girl) would be like now.
I was able to receive After Abortion help through CARE Pregnancy Center. It was only after understanding that I was not alone in my suffering, and that many other women experience some of the same negative, emotional side effects after an abortion that I was able to start healing through the amazing program they offered me there. If only there were a pregnancy clinic like CARE years ago when I made that fateful decision, I probably would have avoided so many years of pain and grief.”
No pressure, just facts
Many women find themselves in situations similar to the experience detailed above. You may have feelings of fear, devastation, and at a loss of what to do about the unplanned pregnancy you may find yourself in, but I have good news. No matter your personal standing on abortion, the staff and volunteers at the CPC are here to help and encourage you. We offer unbiased information about medical and surgical abortions. There are many staff and volunteers that can also provide their personal abortion experiences to further help you make an informed decision. You will not be pressured or forced to make any decision you do not feel comfortable making. You wouldn’t buy a car without reading the reviews, why not learn more about what to expect from an abortion from someone that has been there.
Call us today to learn more and schedule your appointment.
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