In 1975, I was 17 years old. Abortion had only been legal for about two years. I found myself pregnant and, of course, was unwilling and unable to care for a child.

I got my abortion through Planned Parenthood. They saved my life! I have not had one moment of regret since. By the time I was 14 years old, I knew that I did not want to have children. I am 55 years old now and still happily child free. Had I not had access to legal abortion I would have done ANYTHING to end the pregnancy… up to and including endangering my own life. I am not a brood mare, I should not be forced to carry a fetus to term just because other people think I should. As long as the fetus is dependent upon my body, it is my right to do with it as I please. It is a decision that only I can make. Politicians should not be able to dictate our medical choices.