“Charlotte” suffered an abortion when she had an unexpected pregnancy two years ago, and still remembers the trauma and sadness she felt.
When I found out that I was pregnant at a tender age of 21, studying in Australia with no family around me, I did not get the same fears that many other unmarried young women faced. Although I had admittedly made a mistake of engaging in sexual intercourse with a man I was not married to, I was thrilled to find out I was pregnant.
Due to medical complications I had to live with, I had thought for several years that I was infertile. For me, the feeling of guilt was drowned out by a pure joy that I too could be a mother, that I too could have a baby grow inside my womb. Unfortunately, my boyfriend of five years did not accept the reality of my pregnancy. He was adamant that I should abort our child.