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My world as I knew it came crashing down the day the home pregnancy test read positive. My first thoughts were "I'm only 18 years old and a freshman in college. How could I possibly have a child?" and "I barely know this baby's father." In my mind, this was the worst thing that could have happened, so naturally, I started thinking the worst thoughts: My mother is going to yell; My dad is going to freak out; I'm going to disappoint my entire family! I started to think of ways to prevent this from happening. Immediately, abortion came to mind.
We talked for at least an hour about EVERYTHING — the baby's father, my parents, what I wanted to do about being pregnant—everything! I told her I was deeply considering getting an abortion because I felt like it was my only option. We talked about abortion and what it means. We also talked about alternative options, like adoption and even being a mother. I remember thinking, "Wow, that word has never sounded so scary — Mother!'"
At the PRC, I didn't feel pressured to keep the child. Keren simply told me, "Abortion is not your only option, and we are going to see you through this difficult time." She made me feel like I had someone to turn to, even if my parents didn't accept me. I didn't feel like she was trying to persuade me; she was only helping me realize what I knew all along—that abortion is not the "easy way out."
The only thing now was to face my biggest fear and tell my parents. I told my mom first, and after the initial shock, she was actually excited. Then, my mother and I sat down with my father and I told him. The one thing I remember him saying was, "Kim, you are my little girl and I love you. There is nothing you could possibly do that would make me love you any less." There were a lot of tears, but I'm very fortunate to have such supportive parents.
Kimiko visited Pregnancy Resource Center.
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