Abortion, After the Decision: ABORTION_ALLISONJOYCE__104-copy

Jennifer, a 23-year-old nurse, poses for a portrait in her home in New York. Jennifer says she was 17 when she became pregnant and had an abortion. “I don’t really think about it as much. It’s not hard to talk about… I don’t regret anything. I’m still against abortion. If it’s the one time (and) you made a mistake, you’ll never do it again thing, it’s ok. But if you keep on doing it (without) birth control, it’s so not cool. Because I don’t think that I would be where I am today. Like, 23, a nurse – I wouldn’t have made it here because I would be a little bit behind or I would have to make ends meet by grabbing this. I was able to go straight into school without having to think about anything, and finish. So it was definitely the best decision I ever made,” Jennifer said. “I was against abortion. I really was – I was against it. My mom has gone through so many troubles with pregnancies that I wouldn’t want to do that… But at the same time, at the time I only had one parent there. My father was incarcerated, so I knew he’d be super duper disappointed in me. And then my mom was just like, “You know if you get pregnant you’re out of here because you’re grown.” After that, I made my decision in about two months. After the procedure, I was crying. As soon as I woke up from the bed, I was crying. Crying, crying. And a woman next to me asked me how old I was, and I said ‘17’. She said ‘You did the right thing girl. You did the right thing because you’re too young. You have your whole life ahead of you.’ And, I still think I did the right thing because he’s still a terrible person,” Jennifer said. “He’s not father material… When I went to the clinic and I told him, he wasn’t surprised… He knew he made an accident, but he didn’t tell me he made an accident so I could go get a Plan B… We didn’t wear a condom… He pissed me off and he was trying to convince me to keep it, not keep it, keep it – and I was just confused,” “He’s still a terrible person and I would have had a terrible life with him. I wouldn’t want to be one of those women that have different baby fathers. I would just try to work it out with him. And he’s a terrible person. I’d much rather have a baby with someone I love and am going to marry,” Jennifer said.

Jennifer, a 23-year-old nurse, poses for a portrait in her home in New York. Jennifer says she was 17 when she became pregnant and had an abortion. “I don’t really think about it as much. It’s not hard to talk about… I don’t regret anything. I’m still against abortion. If it’s the one time (and) you made a mistake, you’ll never do it again thing, it’s ok. But if you keep on doing it (without) birth control, it’s so not cool. Because I don’t think that I would be where I am today. Like, 23, a nurse – I wouldn’t have made it here because I would be a little bit behind or I would have to make ends meet by grabbing this. I was able to go straight into school without having to think about anything, and finish. So it was definitely the best decision I ever made,” Jennifer said. “I was against abortion. I really was – I was against it. My mom has gone through so many troubles with pregnancies that I wouldn’t want to do that… But at the same time, at the time I only had one parent there. My father was incarcerated, so I knew he’d be super duper disappointed in me. And then my mom was just like, “You know if you get pregnant you’re out of here because you’re grown.” After that, I made my decision in about two months. After the procedure, I was crying. As soon as I woke up from the bed, I was crying. Crying, crying. And a woman next to me asked me how old I was, and I said ‘17’. She said ‘You did the right thing girl. You did the right thing because you’re too young. You have your whole life ahead of you.’ And, I still think I did the right thing because he’s still a terrible person,” Jennifer said. “He’s not father material… When I went to the clinic and I told him, he wasn’t surprised… He knew he made an accident, but he didn’t tell me he made an accident so I could go get a Plan B… We didn’t wear a condom… He pissed me off and he was trying to convince me to keep it, not keep it, keep it – and I was just confused,” “He’s still a terrible person and I would have had a terrible life with him. I wouldn’t want to be one of those women that have different baby fathers. I would just try to work it out with him. And he’s a terrible person. I’d much rather have a baby with someone I love and am going to marry,” Jennifer said.