I signed this petition last month.

I signed the petition as a woman who has aborted. I signed it with my real name, I talked to someone from Ms. Magazine on the phone and told her that yes, they could use my name.

And, now I’m coming forward here. I was 14, I got pregnant the first time I had sex which was actually 3 weeks prior to my 14th birthday. It was painful and fast and not a good thing at all.

I found out I was pregnant on my 14th birthday. I hid it from my parents until the end of June. They found out by someone in town telling them.

That scene was not good, it was horrible, my parents were not the best parents at that moment.

I aborted June 28th, 1989, in a hospital in Richmond. At the time I wasn’t happy about it but, it saved my life. I would have had nothing had I had a baby at 14 years old. I wouldn’t have my husband or my life. I would have had to leave my parents’ home and go on welfare.

I did the right thing for me. I made my choice. And it is important that we keep this choice available to all women.

This is hard for me to write as my one sister reads this. I have never told either of my sisters about my abortion.

And, that is all I have to say today. Please, do not leave comments condemning me. I will delete them. You can discuss things but, keep it nice.