I am 19 and I am not sorry. I would like to share my story with everyone, because even though we are all different, we all have the choice to bring a child into this world. I found out I was pregnant when I was 18 and two months into my freshman year at college.
It was a horrible experience. I was tired, hungry, and felt like I was coming down with the flu. I had been dating the same boy for a year. I was 18 and we were stupid... we rarely used contraceptives. I knew I wouldn't be with this boy for the rest of my life and I knew I didn't want to raise a child by myself with random child support checks and every-other weekend visits.
The day I decided to go in I had the support of my mother, whom I am thankful for every day. When I first walked in, I was scared out of my mind-- there were protestors all over the place screaming at me that I was a sinner and that they would pray for my unholy soul. I chose to have a surgical abortion for the only fact that I wanted it all done in the clinic and I could walk out and not have to deal with it anymore.
I had two pain medications, one taken orally that made me sleepy (more after I got home than at the clinic) and the other injected as soon as I was on the table which made me woozy. The nurse was very kind to me and during the whole operation she held my hand and made conversation. The doctor acted like any other doctor, he came in right before the procedure and told me when I would feel a pinch and then some cramping (in my opinion the shot was the most painful part, and I don't deal well with pain). The whole procedure lasted around 10 min. After, I was sent to a room where I got to sit in a recliner and recover with other women. This is where we could all sit and share our experiences together.
I never felt more confident walking out of the clinic that day and onto those protestors. They didn't know my or any of the other women's situations, and probably never will. But I know why I did it and I also know that I am not the selfish one. I am proud of my desicion, and I know I did the right thing.