Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days.
Today’s story is by Stephanie from Illinois, originally published at the Thanks, Abortion! website.
I never thought I would find myself pregnant. I am 25 and do not want kids now, or ever. But after a brief rebound relationship, here I was.
I knew before I took the test, and the positive sign took about two seconds to show up. For a month, I had awful nausea that extended way past the morning, and extreme exhaustion. Anything that required more effort than sitting on the couch was out of the question. Abortion was the only option for me and my mind was made up the second I suspected I was pregnant.
I only told my best friend, and she was extremely supportive. When I told her I was pregnant, she already knew what decision I made and told me to make my appointment and she’d be there. I did not tell the father. I had already broken up with him and was having a hard time getting him to accept it. It was a safe assumption that he would treat this situation with zero responsibility as he seemed to everything else in his life.
When we got to the clinic, there were protesters out side praying, but no one was able to approach me. All the nurses and doctors were very friendly so I felt very comfortable while I was there. There was a lot of waiting, about four hours in total, but the actual procedure was quick. They gave me twilight sedation, so I didn’t feel anything and woke up as they were putting me into a wheelchair.
I recovered pretty quickly. I started waking up after a few minutes. And after sprite and crackers, I was ready to leave. I felt a million times better afterwards, the nausea was gone, and my friend and I went to breakfast afterwards. It was great to be able to eat again without the fear of it coming right back up. I had some cramping for a day or two, and was back to normal.
I was confident in my decision from the start, and felt no regret afterwards, just relief. I read a lot of abortion stories online before my own, and came across a lot of negative ones. So I am glad to have the opportunity to share a positive experience.