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Laura

Oklahoma

Topics: Abortion, Access and Affordability
Area of Life Affected: Family Relationships

Laura

A Decision I Never Regretted

The hoops you have to jump through! Wow. I found out that I was pregnant and immediately knew that getting an abortion was the right choice for me. No question. So I called the university health clinic to schedule an abortion.

“Eight hours driving time total so that we could make the right decision for us at the time.”

They said they could not help me, so I asked them who I should call instead. They told me that they could not refer me anywhere. A little surprising to say the least, that a university health clinic should have no knowledge whatsoever of abortion providers and options. Not to be defeated, I whipped out the phone book to try to find an abortion provider in the city I lived in. The “family planning” choices I called would only talk to me about adoption.

But I knew what I wanted. I didn’t want to have a baby. I didn’t want to be pregnant at all. I wanted an abortion. Period. After stumbling around trying to find out what to do and having no luck, I called my mother.

Luckily, she knew of an abortion provider in the state. My boyfriend and I had to drive two hours there, get a consultation, and then drive two hours back to the city we lived in. Then some days later, on my scheduled appointment time, my boyfriend and I made the trip again.

Eight hours driving time total so that we could make the right decision for us at the time. A decision I have never regretted. My mother paid for it because as a broke college students, there was no way my boyfriend and I could afford the fee on our own. The cost of gas and time away from work and studies alone put enough of a strain on our meager finances and delicately balanced existence.

I can say that we are fortunate because my mother was so supportive and respectful of the decision my boyfriend and I made.

How many people out there don’t have that kind of support from their own families? What do they do, have babies they don’t want and aren’t prepared to take care of? Should having a baby be a punishment or a gift?

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