I was deeply touched and brought to tears by the July 31 Opinion article, “The Face of Abortion.” I was also physically sickened to know that the decision to abolish abortion clinics in the state was made final. The legislation has set us back at least 50 years!
The article stirred such strong feelings within me, partially because of my political views, but also because it hit close to home. I was faced with the decision of whether or not to keep a child in March 2012, when I was 27 years old.
Ever since I was a teenager, I've thought about having children. Babies seemed to be this beautiful new beginning for couples in love. But I was not in love. Although I did take birth control precautions, I accidentally got pregnant. The child was conceived through a night of passion with a boy I knew from college. He was handsome, and we had a little too much to drink.
I had just moved to Asheville a few months prior to the pregnancy and was still trying to get myself financially and emotionally settled and stable. Neither of us were in the position to have a child. All I could see were disasters and difficulties in our future if I carried out the pregnancy.
So, with the support of my mom, I decided to go to a clinic in Raleigh where I received the pill form of abortion. The whole process was about two weeks and was very safe. The abortion was not as difficult and painful as I thought it would be.
Now I have my whole life ahead of me. I have created a new, spiritually awakened life here in Asheville and look forward to a future of light, love and endless possibilities.
The politicians that have decided to take the right to choose away from women have also limited the futures of women and have therefore limited the future of our country.
— Elizabeth Waters