Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

16 Years Later, a Woman Regrets Her Choice

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

16 Years Later, a Woman Regrets Her Choice

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Kate was in her early 20s, just about to enter graduate school, when she discovered she was pregnant.

Her birth control, an intrauterine device, had failed her. But her boyfriend of three years was there for her at a difficult time. They discussed what to do: marriage? Both agreed they weren't ready. Parenthood? He wanted to have the child. But Kate didn't. She didn't seek anyone else's advice.

Religion and morality were not factors. "I wasn't ready to have a baby," says Kate, not her real name. "I was caught up in my whole life - moving to New York, my fellowship at Columbia. I didn't want to let people down. So I had the abortion." But as soon as the procedure was over, she knew she had made a big mistake. "I was shell-shocked," she says. "I cried for days and days. I realized that I really wanted to be a mother. …

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