First off, thank you MTV for showing the other side of teen pregnancy. I think it is so very important to show all the choices women face.
To Markai, Natalia and Katie. You are all so very courageous to come on national TV and tell your story. I was 19 when I made the decision and I knew that if I had to live with roommates to be on my own, I sure as heck couldn’t raise a child effectively. I did have the support of my family and was able to turn to them in my time of need, but I rarely tell anyone else about the decision I made all these years ago. My biggest reason for having an abortion was that I didn’t want to end up on Oprah in 20 or 30 years asking if my child forgave me and had a good life. I couldn’t be stuck wondering what happened to them. I did have complications after the procedure and with all the cramping and pain I was having, the clinic thought I might need an additional D&C. Eventually everything turned out ok and I recovered. I was awake for mine and the only thing they gave me was numbing medicine and laughing gas. By the time it was all over I was laughing because I couldn’t get my pants on and crying because I was alone. It is ok to grieve, cry, and be sad. But don’t hold it in to the point that it is harming your mental well being. After 10 years I am ok with my decision and maybe I will have kids one day, but right now I know that it was the right thing to do.
Keep your head up.