I was sitting in an abortion clinic in Oakland, CA, wondering how my life had taken this turn. There was a couple in the waiting room, holding hands tightly but not talking. I wished by boyfriend could be here with me but I hadn’t even told him I was pregnant.
The staff at the clinic was professional and explained my abortion options. At seven weeks pregnant, I could choose the abortion pill or to have a surgical abortion. It felt like they thought the abortion pill was my best option. I had heard of the abortion pill from a friend but didn’t know very much about it. I decided to go home and think about it.
When I got home, I read the material they gave me and searched the internet for the differences between the abortion pill and a surgical abortion. I asked a couple of friends that had been to the abortion clinic in Oakland about their experiences. What stood out for me was that one friend said she didn’t realize how emotional taking the abortion pill abortion would be. And, she said it was not just like going into the abortion clinic and getting a pill, and that’s all. It was a much longer process.
The way they were talking about it at the abortion clinic, it felt like it was just going to be like taking a Tylenol. But once I started reading actual stories online from women who used the abortion pill, I realized it is way more involved than that. These women were saying how it was horrible and they thought they were going to die. They had nausea and vomiting and bad cramping and they bled for weeks. I got scared reading about the abortion pill. It seems like a long and involved process. I wondered why women would even choose the abortion pill. I was more confused after reading about the differences between the abortion pill and the surgical abortion.
During my search for information, I learned about Support Circle. On their website, they shared accurate and easy to understand information. I felt comfortable going to them to ask questions. When I went to Support Circle, they were friendly and helpful. I felt immediately at ease. It was easy to talk and share my thoughts and concerns, like I would with a best friend. For the first time since discovering my pregnancy, it felt like I could breathe and I felt like there was hope. If you are pregnant and considering an abortion, I would recommend going to Support Circle before going to an abortion clinic in Oakland.