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Birth Story: Spring Lake, NC

Submitted to Abort73 by a 26-year-old woman on May 9, 2014.

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I was 22 when I was surprised with an unplanned pregnancy. I was not married to the child's father nor was I financially stable enough to raise a child. I called and made an appointment for an abortion the day after my pregnancy was confirmed. The day I was supposed to get the abortion would end up being the weirdest day of my life. My best friend drove me to the clinic. I sat in the waiting area and filled out some necessary paperwork. I couldn't help but look around at all the faces. Was this their first abortion? Were they feeling as guilty as I did at that moment? My name was called; I was given a quick ultrasound. "Yep, you're pregnant; 8 weeks along." She snatched the ultrasound picture off the machine, and down the hallway I went. The next step was getting my blood taken. They examined my blood and told me my blood type was O negative, so I would require a special shot that would be an extra $60 on top of the $400 I was already going to owe. The nurses were talking and giggling amongst themselves. I was in a fog. One of them explained that if I didn't have the shot I would never be able to have children again. Another one spoke up and said, "If you don't want the shot you don't have to take it, but you will never be able to reproduce again." She hardly had time to finish her sentence, and I knew abortion wasn't for me. I felt like I was going to faint. I stormed out of the office and hardly made it to the front steps of the building. My friend followed behind me and asked me what was going on. I explained to her, and as soon as I could catch my breath from all the shock I was in we left. I have never looked back and never regretted my decision. My son is three today, and he's lying in bed beside me as I type this. Being a mother Is one of the greatest gifts. I'm glad I listened to that voice that only I can hear.

Age: 26
Location: Spring Lake, NC
Date: May 9, 2014

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