Two readers open up about their abusive relationships. The first:
I was 18 years old and had broke up with my boyfriend. I had not been with anyone else, so to be rebellious, I took up with a man 17 years older than myself. Within six months I was pregnant and devastated. I was young, on birth control, not financially stable, and definitely not ready to be a mother. I told him and he was supportive but suggested abortion. I did not want children and agreed.
It was such an emotional roller coaster at the time. I couldn’t bring myself to make the appointment for three weeks. When I finally did, they made me wait. The initial appointment led us to discover that I was further along than we first thought, and too far along to have an abortion in the state I reside. I was told to jump on a plane to have one in a different state. I was lost and didn’t have the guidance or family support that was needed.
I decided to keep her. We had our daughter and I do not regret my decision. What I regret is the man I chose to have her with.