Molly’s Story

I would like to tell my story. I’m sure it’s not much different from other women’s stories. To tell the truth, I can’t remember what year I had my abortion, but it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I’m not at all sorry I did it. I was divorced. My son was about 5 years old and we were living in a mouse-infested studio apartment. I was in love with a man who was not interested in a monogamous relationship, so I dated others and, due to my depression over that failed relationship, I acted very irresponsibly. I became pregnant, and later found out that the father was not divorced – just separated. He already had two children and our brief relationship was nothing to write home about. I had no desire to remain connected to the father for the next 18 years and I already had some difficulty supporting the child I already had, so I made the decision to abort. Although at first the loss was painful to me, it took little time for me to view it as a fortuitous event. After the abortion I started looking at my life differently and eventually enrolled in college. In 1998 I met a wonderful man who, after a mere three years of dating, has become a fabulous husband and father to my now 12-year-old son. We bought a house two years ago and are expecting a baby in June. I am almost finished with my AA in general education and am working toward a degree with a double major in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and Music (vocal emphasis), thanks to my supportive husband. Little of my present life could have been accomplished if I had not had an abortion. In fact, my financial situation at the time would have forced me to go on welfare, with little prospect of a college education. I am forever grateful that the abortion option was there for me.