"I don't want to have children until I am able to support them."

This story comes from Personal Stories shared at FWHC.

I'm visiting your web page for the first time and I have to tell you it has brought back a lot of memories. I have read most of the stories you have and feel like I want to share mine if you deem it helpful.

My name is LeeAnna. I understand the emptiness and pain of having abortions. You see, I've had four. I was only 17 when I had the first one and very scared and alone. The second was when I was 19, the third when I was 20, and the fourth when I was 21.

I have always been determined to do better then my parents have. Neither of them have an education and having their first child at 20, they have always struggled. I don't want to have children until I am able to support them.

I was using a form of birth control each time I conceived, so I wasn't irresponsible, just unlucky. I have an unbelievable amount of guilt from these abortions, but I know I made the right decision. I will graduate with a bachelors next May, the first in my family. I am also the first in my family to be 23 and have no children. And that was my decision.

~LeeAnna

"We both decided that we didn't want any children."

"I had two sons and was a single mother."