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In the 1920s, my maternal great grandmother became pregnant for the third time. She did not want to raise a third child,  so she went to her ob/ gyn, who performed an abortion after my great grandmother promised to never tell anybody else.


I think I am like many thousands of women who have had abortion and it was a normal part of their life. There are many of us who are just not going to have big dramatic stories.

And that is how it should be.


I have known at least two other women in my life who had hard decision to make. One chose to have an abortion and the other gave her second child up for adoption. Each woman had a story and had a reason for their decisions and they did the right thing in both.


My husband and I had decided not to have children. And then while taking some medication for a gynecological problem and while thinking I couldn't get pregnant, we had unprotected sex and I did. The medication was contraindicated for pregnant women as it was known to cause birth defects. For the two above reasons I decided to terminate the pregnancy.

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