Venessa shares -
"I have 4 daughters. They were born when I was 22, 25, 27, and 29. I loved being pregnant and loved giving birth. It was challenging to have 4 children before 30 but the challenge was a welcome one. When my youngest daughter was 18 months, I unexpectedly became pregnant again. I was still struggling to cope with the reality of 4 children under 8 plus a big move out of state. For the first time, I understood how devastating a positive pregnancy test could feel. My husband told me all would be okay, but I knew deep inside that I could not do this again. There was no question for me- I would not have another child.
Luckily, I had friends who had experienced abortion and I turned to them for support and advice. The day I took the pill, a friend came and watched my children and made dinner so I could be alone and cope with the physical pain. My abortion took place 7 years ago. It was hard in every way and I have been grateful every day since- that abortion was and is legal, that my doctor wrote the referral without hesitation or judgement, that my insurance paid for it, that my friends were honest and loving, that my husband was solid in his emotional and physical support. No regrets. No guilt. Just unending gratitude. My family of 6 is perfect and I can't imagine it any other way.
My daughters should never have to lie, travel abroad, or put their lives at risk in order to have complete autonomy over their own bodies."