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Abortion story: the importance of choice

26 November 2021 Case study

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    "I felt sad that I was in this position, but empowered that I had a choice." 

    An MSI client's experience of abortion stigma and the importance of choice.

     

    Two MSI UK clients sitting in abortion clinic

    "I was 22, single and did not have the means to have a baby." 

    I became pregnant very unexpectedly, I didn’t know it could happen that easily. I was 22, single and did not have the means to have a baby. I contacted my GP surgery and told them I was pregnant, they then tried to refer me to a midwife. This was difficult because it was the first time I had to tell someone I needed an abortion. My doctor was slightly judgmental on the phone which was incredibly hard and sparked my feelings of shame and guilt.

    I was referred to MSI and had a phone appointment with them to answer questions and go through what would happen. I was so nervous but they were so kind on the phone - I didn’t feel judged and it didn’t feel too clinical. I had my appointment booked. It’s a date I will never forget.

    I will forever be grateful for how kindly I was treated on such a difficult day.

    Because of COVID guidelines I went in on my own, which I actually preferred. My scan was the hardest part but I understand why it was important. The team at the clinic were the kindest medical staff I have ever met. So calm and informative and gave me so much empathy as they could see how hard I was finding this.

    Everyone has different experiences, mine was very positive even though I was going through a grief that no one really talks about with abortion.

    I felt sad that I was in this position, but empowered that I had a choice.

    I felt sad that I was in this position, but empowered that I had a choice.
    MS UK Client
    October 2021

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