I have had three abortions. I was not able to use the pill because of severe side effects, and my Dr. refused an IUD because my bleeding was already so heavy.

My first husband refused to use other forms of birth control and insisted on sex. He was abusive, and a substance abuser. I spent eight years in a horrible marriage where we fought every day, he abused me and our daughter. To this day my daughter suffers for the years we spent with him. I am so very glad that I did not bring three more children into the world to suffer with and from him. Had I been had four children to support, I might have stayed in this horrible marriage because I would not have believed I could make it on my own. Bad enough I still suffer, my daughter still suffers, I am glad I did not bring three more children into this suffering. My abortions were 33 years ago. I am still glad I had them. I have a good life now, although my daughter still has her problems. I would also like to say that if I could have gotten a doctor to listen to me – to give me a safe form of sterilization, the 2nd and 3rd abortions would never have occurred. I finally got that done after the 3rd abortion – by threatening the doctor with making him perform a 4th, a 5th, a 6th… when I was in my 20s. I have never regretted it.