“I began to cry harder as they strapped me down. I asked them to please unstrap me and let me leave.”
“The anesthesia was administered and I fell asleep to the sound of their laughter. When I woke up, I was hurting physically and emotionally.
But no one cared about that part of my story. All the voices I heard called me a “murderer.” They hated me and made me hate myself. No one cared to know that my boyfriend’s mom forced me into having the abortion. She told me, “It’s no big deal, I had one too.”
Now I have to live with the regret of having an abortion and a list of unanswered questions. How could my boyfriend stand by as his parents threatened me? Why didn’t anyone tell me I’d regret it? How can I help others realize that I didn’t choose abortion, but was forced into it? Then, maybe then, people would help me instead of hate me.
My abortion has an asterisk because there’s more to the story.”
Why the asterisk?
Numbers are easy to judge. It’s easy to make assumptions when we don’t know people, when we just look at statistics but don’t understand the true impact of abortion and how it’s devastating lives.
The asterisk demands our attention. It says, “There’s more to my story.” We want to hear these stories and actively stand with women like Cheryle to end the pressure.
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To EMPOWER women in my local community by speaking life into their seemingly hopeless situations.
To STAND UP against a culture that tells women “you’re not strong enough” and “abortion is your only option.”
To CONNECT pregnant women with local resources that leave them feeling informed and provided for.
To CREATE a world in which all women are supported and abortion is unimaginable.