Surgical Abortion

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Submitted by: Kayla

I wrote a post and submitted it a few days ago about how terrible I imagined I would feel after the abortion.

Well, I had the surgical abortion yesterday at 7 weeks 2 days. I’m amazed at how normal I feel. I’m just holding on to my breath like… does the guilt settle in later?

I was put to sleep after being given Valium. I wasn’t even conscious of falling asleep and when I woke up I was in a different room and the procedure was over. It cost $695 (I’m in S.C.).

I’m relieved that I won’t have to face a pregnancy alone and the burden of a newborn with an already busy toddler. I was told I can get on birth control after my first normal period (2 months).

I’m only dealing with cramping now… as far as my thoughts, well, it flashes in my mind every now and then that I terminated my pregnancy, but I don’t feel like I shouldn’t have if that makes sense.

I wanted to write this because my last post may scare someone, but so long as this feeling stays, I’ve realized that it’s all about which decision you feel is truly right for your life. You can make peace with whatever you choose.

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after-abortion support.

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