Susan R

44, Tacoma, WA

AT AGE 15 I WAS A PARTY GIRL AND WAS DRINKING A LOT, I GOT PREGNANT BY
        MY BOYFRIEND WHO WAS 18 ADDICTED TO COCAINE AND ABUSIVE. 2 WEEKS AFTER
        MY 16TH BIRTHDAY MY MOM LEFT $300 ON MY NIGHTSTAND AND WENT ON
        VACATION WHILE MY MUCH OLDER SISTER AND HER JERK HUSBAND TOOK ME TO
        HAVE MY ABORTION. HER HUSBAND RIDICULED ME AND PUT ME DOWN THE WHOLE
        DAY. I WAS AT THE END OF THE TIME TO HAVE THE PROCEDURE DONE SO IT
        TOOK TWO APPOINTMENTS, SO I HAD TO ENDURE HIS ABUSE THAT WHOLE TIME. I
        WAS YOUNG AND SCARED AND VIRTUALLY ALONE. THAT BEING SAID I DO NOT
        REGRET MY DECISION ONE BIT. I KNEW I WOULD NOT BE A GOOD MOTHER AT
        THAT POINT AND I ALSO KNEW IF I CARRIED IT I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GIVE
        IT UP FOR ADOPTION. I AM NOW 44 HAVE TWO BEAUTIFUL SONS AND AM GOING
        TO BE A GRANDMA SOON. I NEVER WANT ANOTHER WOMEN TO BE BERATED OR
        BELITTLED FOR HAVING TO MAKE ONE OF THE HARDEST CHOICES A WOMAN CAN
        MAKE. MY OLDEST SON HAD A GIRLFRIEND AT 16 WHO BECAME PREGNANT AND
        AFTER LENGTHY DISCUSSIONS WE ALL CAME TO THE CONCLUSION SHE SHOULD
        TERMINATE. I WENT WITH HER AND MY SON AND LOVED AND SUPPORTED THEM. I
        KNOW I MADE THE right decision and if God forbid I got pregnant now
        (my partner is fixed) I would not hesitate to have an abortion again.