I Decided Against Abortion, But I Was Really Happy To Have The Option
My appointment wasn’t for three days after I called, and that was the soonest they could get me in. It felt both too long and too short. More than that, I would have to appear at my local Planned Parenthood and pick up a packet. This packet detailed to me what was going to happen to me in either procedure, which was helpful. It also showed me pictures of what my fetus looked like at every stage. The packet also discussed options, including abortion, adoption, and parenting. If I failed to go and pick up this packet, my appointment would have been canceled immediately. The packet was probably the worst part of the whole experience, because I didn’t want to hear about my other options.
I ended up canceling my appointment the day of.
I had been told that if I had gone through with it, I would have been counseled by a social worker. The social worker would have given me a run down about what was going to happen to me, and ask if I had any questions or fears. Then I would have had a doctor come in and explain to me, again, what was going to happen. If I had any doubts or questions, it would have been addressed at this point.
Nothing that Planned Parenthood did discouraged me or encouraged me to choose any option over the other. They were open, honest, and just wanted to make sure I knew what my options were. The professionals wanted to provide me with what I needed in a supportive, safe manner. My choice had nothing to do with the organization.
While, in the end, the abortion wasn’t the right choice for me, I was happy to have the option. I was really glad to have a safe place to go where I didn’t feel judged and where I wasn’t scared of the people around me.