"The only thing I regret is that there wasn't more information in my small town."

This story is published at My Abortion, My Life.

In 1992, I was 22 and had an abortion. There was no thinking about it. My period was late, I went and had a test and made the appointment the for the abortion the next day. Six months later I was pregnant again. This time a condom had broke. I had gone to the OB clinic in my small town. The morning after pill was still very new. It cost 75$ that I did not have.

The nurse gave me birth control pills and instructed me to take many more then was normal thinking it would work like the morning after pill. I also researched abortifacient herbs and tried that. I was still pregnant. I started thinking maybe I should just go through with the pregnancy but was told that there was no telling what the herbs had done. I had a second abortion.

Neither of these were paid for by my boyfriend. One of these I had sex with a ‘friend’ to get the money. I do not regret having either abortion. The only thing I regret is that there wasn't more information in my small town. That there wasn't anyone who could have told me about planned parenthood, just an hour away. I vote every election. Keeping abortion safe and legal is one of the main reasons I vote.

~ Daniella

"At that moment I felt like my life was over. I stood there, the pregnancy test in my hands, emotionless. A statue."

"I wish I’d understood better that men will not look after you. You must do that yourself."