Mariann’s Story

As a result of a retaliation or response to actions of someone I truly cared about, I left a party with a friend. Alcohol was involved and the result was an unwanted pregnancy. Coming from a strong Italian background I knew that my parents would be devastated. At the time, my mother was having tests run on her heart and I couldn’t imagine adding the stress. After much thought, I opted for the abortion. I couldn’t imagine telling a child that they were created out of “bad judgment and revenge”. As a single parent, I would not be able to provide what the child needed. There are times when I think about how old she/he would be now, but I do not regret my decision. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to make this choice, as every woman should have.