I met 23-year old “Jackie” a year ago. She came in to discuss options for her unplanned pregnancy. She shared that she had an abortion at 17 and since the clinic was “that of a family friend” she received no counseling prior to the abortion procedure. At the time she had no idea how an abortion would affect her emotionally and now stated that she could “never do that again.” However, she was a single mother to her 1-year old son and felt that she “didn’t have enough to give to 2 babies since she loved her son so much and he demands a lot of attention.” Jackie had an early sonogram six weeks into this pregnancy showing her baby’s beating heart. She was surprised to learn from our nurse that babies have a heartbeat 18 days from conception. Jackie made the decision to keep her baby even though she was struggling financially and unsure about a future relationship with the baby’s father.
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