I can take you to the abortion clinic in Redwood City

“I can take you to the abortion clinic in Redwood City.” I was stunned when I heard my boyfriend tell me he would take me to have an abortion. We had discussed the possibility of me being pregnant but we didn’t discuss what to do if I really was pregnant. He was the one that had come up with a baby name if it was a boy!!

Ryan and I had been dating for about a year when I missed my period. I didn’t think anything of it at first as I have missed my period before, like when my parents announced their separation right before finals week. My family seems to have the worst timing. When I started to feel nauseous, I still didn’t think I was pregnant because I was nauseous all day, not just in the morning. I figured it was a stomach flu so I went to the doctor.

My doctor did a pregnancy test because it was standard procedure, especially with a late period. She explained many pregnant women experience nausea all day, not just in the morning. The test came back positive. I think she figured I was pregnant but was trying to warm me up to the idea since I was so clueless. She asked me what I wanted to do. I told her my boyfriend was in the car and we would have to talk about it but I didn’t know. She had the nurse bring me some pamphlets with my pregnancy verification and paperwork. There was a pamphlet for an adoption agency and an abortion clinic in Redwood City, where I lived. Since I didn’t know what I wanted to do, my doctor suggested I make an appointment with Support Circle first. She said they would really listen to me and could help me sort out my next steps.

After Ryan dropped me off, I went for a walk and called Support Circle. They said I could come in that same day. I am so glad I went. I really needed someone who was listening to what I had to say, unlike my boyfriend. I was able to talk about all of my options. I had concerns about telling my parents and school. My patient advocate helped me to write down my thoughts and feelings and what my options were depending on what I decided. After the visit with Support Circle, I felt like I had control of my life and my decisions.

I am glad I went to Support Circle before I let my boyfriend just take me to an abortion clinic in Redwood City as he wanted. Support Circle took the time to let me think about all of my options and to make the best decision for me.