My name is Shivani, and I work as a sales consultant in New Jersey. I’m 30 years old and married with a 7-year-old son. My husband and I were born in India and although we do not believe abortions should ever happen, it’s sad that life circumstances can cloud judgment when push comes to shove.
On June 15th, I found out I was pregnant. My husband is not a US citizen yet and we were afraid that he might have to return to India, leaving me here with two children to care for without his help. So we decided to go to the abortion clinic in Englewood, NJ; as we approached it we noticed a soft blue van across the street. A woman walked up to me and asked me if I would like to have a free ultrasound to see my baby. At first I didn’t want to because my husband and I had decided to abort and I knew seeing the baby would make it harder to go through with it. But the van was so pretty to look at with so much information for women on the outside that we decided to walk over anyway. When the door opened the interior looked like a fancy limousine. I stepped inside and noticed it had a lot of sitting room and it was not over-crowded like I thought it would be. My husband was very impressed by the look of the vehicle on the inside and how comfortable the furniture was.
I was asked to lie down on a soft leather bed with a pillow and I saw a large television screen in front of me with my name on it. When the exam began, the large screen lit up in front of me and we could see a very little dark round circle — the beginning of our baby as he/she was developing inside of me. My husband and I could see the small rhythm of the baby’s heart beating but it was too early to hear it. I was so happy to see the beginning of life on the big screen in front of me.
The van was a great experience for me because I did not have insurance but was given resources for all my medical and insurance needs – these resources helped us not to get the abortion we started to have today. We do not have this kind of service in India and most women have no place to go for help especially if they are poor. How awesome that these services were available to us here!
Thank you very much for all the services my husband and I received because of this miracle van. It really helped us a lot during a time we thought that no one cared for us; because of the wonderful people with the free ultrasound van we will be having our second child in February 2015. Now we also have a place to go for my husband to get help with his citizenship so he can stay in the USA and be with me when our baby is born.
Shivani and Vishal
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