I was 18 years old. I struggled with depression afterwards, and was tormented by the posts of pro-life and general public opinions. At age 20 I found out someone who went to my school had told a large portion of people I knew about it. I was upset and ashamed to find out that something so personal had become the subject of trivial gossip.
I avoided people at all costs for a while, until I opened up about it to my now fiance and friends. They were supportive and kind, and I learned that this decision was no one else’s but mine, no matter how many other opinions others had.
Today, I found this website thanks to the hashtag #shoutyourabortion and after seeing the stories shared I not only stand by my choice but now know I am not alone.