I was 24, in physical shape, stable career, mentally strong enough to do it alone. There’s a huge difference between having a baby because you can and because you want to. And I didn’t want to. Not right now.

The emotion I felt most often before, during, and after my abortion was gratitude. I was grateful beforehand for the supportive friends and campaigns like this one that helped me have peace with my decision. I was grateful for the caring and professional staff that performed my procedure and took care of me. And I’m mostly grateful afterwards that I had a choice in the entire experience.