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Abortion Story: Louisville, KY

Submitted to Abort73 by a 39-year-old woman on April 15, 2012.

I am the mother of 2 little boys. Motherhood is hard for me. Single motherhood is even harder. I chose to have an abortion when I was 24. I meet plenty of moms who had their children at that age and younger. I would have been a thinner and more energetic mom for sure. Not sure if I would have been very responsible, or loving or mentally stable. I was a mess back then, but I did want to keep the baby. I scheduled the abortion but decided to keep the baby on the drive home (from the clinic) and told a couple of family members. My now former sister-in-law immediately took charge and made sure I went through with abortion. She even went with me. I kinda hate that I allowed her to direct my life like that. I needed someone to tell me what to do so I let her. I really try to live without regret and believe I am exactly where I'm supposed to be, but babies change lives and I wonder where I would be if I did not abort my first baby... [When] I see protesters with babies strapped to their chests, bumper stickers or billboards, I am mostly left with a feeling of judgement which does nothing but complicate my healing process. I think people who feel strongly about this issue do the most good by supporting efforts in places that assist women who have decided to keep their babies or by living in a way that empowers women to live their lives exactly how God made them instead of how certain sectors of society believe all women should live. Only then can I imagine abortion might end.

Age: 39
Location: Louisville, KY
Date: April 15, 2012

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