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Before going to Planned Parenthood, I went to Support Circle

I have gone to Planned Parenthood since I was 17 years old and planned to go there for an abortion. But my college roommate suggested I go to Support Circle Clinics for a free pregnancy verification.

My boyfriend and I had met at a frat party in freshman year. We took our time getting to know each other and by our junior year, we were in a committed relationship. Early into our senior year, Matt broke up with me. I was devastated and lost. I started partying more to get through the stress of senior year and our breakup. I had rebound sex with guys I didn’t even know. It seemed manageable until my period didn’t show up.

Cassie, my roommate, bought me a home pregnancy test. Just as we feared, it was positive. I was devastated. It felt like I had made a bad situation worse.  I was pregnant and didn’t know who the father was! I had to have an abortion. Cassie told me she had an abortion in high school.  She said I would need a pregnancy verification before getting an abortion at Planned Parenthood. I scheduled the appointment but it would be two weeks before I could get in. Cassie said I should go to Support Circle first for the pregnancy verification because they do them for free and take walk-ins.

When the Support Circle nurse did the ultrasound, she dated my pregnancy further along than I had thought I was. Based on the pregnancy dating, it was my ex-boyfriend’s baby. I was more confused and unsure than ever. It felt like a no brainer to have an abortion when I didn’t know who the father was. But to not have Matt’s baby, even though we had broken up, just didn’t sit right with me. I am glad the patient advocate was there to talk to. She listened and helped me to process my thoughts and emotions. She was supportive as I came up with a new game plan and even gave me suggestions on how to facilitate the conversation with Matt.

Matt and I had a long conversation and we are taking a little time to decide what to do next. I’m glad I went to Support Circle Clinics first, before going to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. I really felt heard and supported at Support Circle.

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I felt desperate to find an abortion clinic in Oakland

“When I realized I was pregnant, I was desperate to find an abortion clinic in Oakland. I felt trapped and that the only way out was to have an abortion as soon as possible.” This is what one of our recent patients said, whose real name and identity have been changed for her protection.

Oftentimes, women who are considering abortion are facing very difficult challenges. This is what our nurses and patient advocates are trained to do. Our professional staff come alongside women to help them process through these difficult challenges. Here are some of the life challenges that this young woman was facing when she came to Support Circle.

“My husband and I had been married for three years and had two-year-old twin daughters. The first pregnancy had been planned but the twins part was a shock. And, our younger daughter, Megan, having special needs, discovered shortly after the twins delivery was the hardest shock to adjust to. Megan requires a lot of time, energy and financial resources. Each week, she has multiple therapies in addition to dealing with her feeding tube and any appointments with specialists. It’s a lot to deal with. I feel like, next to Megan, I am the one most affected. But my husband couldn’t handle it and moved out of our family home shortly after we threw a first birthday party for our daughters.

At first, Keith refused to go to marriage counseling or family therapy. It seemed like our marriage was not going to survive. I started dating again. Then, to my surprise, Keith agreed to counseling and then moved back home. A few weeks later, I realized I was pregnant. I went to Support Circle to confirm the pregnancy and to find out how far along I was.

It was easy to get an appointment at Support Circle that fit my crazy schedule. I was a little anxious about having the ultrasound but the nurse was very professional and I felt relaxed. That is, until she told me how far along I was. It meant that Keith could not possibly be the father. I panicked. I told her I desperately wanted to save my marriage and I had to find an abortion clinic in Oakland immediately. The nurse explained my pregnancy options and the abortion process to me.

After the nurse, I met with a patient advocate at Support Circle who was able to help me calm down. She listened and didn’t judge me.  I was able to talk through my situation and felt like I had a better handle on things by the time I left.

When I found out I was pregnant with a child that was not my husband’s, I was desperate to find an abortion clinic in Oakland. I’m thankful for the calm, non-judgmental care I received from Support Circle during that difficult time in my life.”

If you find yourself in a similarly difficult situation, Support Circle is a safe place for you.

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My husband told me to check out abortion clinics near me

My husband and I met when we were sophomores at San Francisco State.  After graduation three years ago, we decided to stay in the Bay Area while we both pursued our MBAs. Then I got pregnant with our daughter. Initially, I had contemplated getting an abortion at one of the abortion clinics near me so I could finish my degree. But Ken said he wanted to marry me and we could do this together. So, I put my degree on hold to care for our baby.

Things were mostly fine until two months ago when Ken’s company declared bankruptcy and closed their doors without informing any of the employees. Ken is actively looking for another job but he is freaking out because our savings are running low and we don’t have medical insurance. Ken told me to get an abortion. We have argued back and forth about it. He reminded me that we have our daughter because he stopped me from going to one of the abortion clinics near me back then. And, he said he didn’t see what the difference was. Now that I have been caring for our daughter, I know what we would be passing up and I want this baby. I don’t want to get an abortion. Ken is smart and talented. I know he will get another job soon and our finances will be fine again.

Support Circle helped when I was pregnant with our daughter so I knew they would give me a free ultrasound and pregnancy verification, that I needed to qualify for Medi-Cal services.  It was nice going back and talking to the patient advocate about our situation. I had so much bottled up but she listened and let me talk.

It was a surprise when the ultrasound revealed that I had miscarried. My patient advocate was able to help me to process my initial thoughts and emotions about the miscarriage. I’m so glad I found out in a warm, caring environment like Support Circle. It might have been a lot harder to deal with if I didn’t already have supportive people right there to talk to.

My husband took the news of the miscarriage harder than I thought. He had actually come around to the idea of having another child. Ken said he was glad I had gone to Support Circle, instead of any of the abortion clinics near me, because Support Circle really cares.

I was on my way to get an abortion near me

The most bizarre thing happened to me when I was on my way to get an abortion near me. Some background: I graduated summa cum laude with a math degree from Berkeley. I have a great job at a tech startup in the Bay Area. Logic and reasoning are what I understand. Needless to say, it was unreal that TWO cars that got in front of me that day had “Choose Life” license plates. It felt like the universe was speaking to me so I cancelled my abortion appointment.

Instead of going to Planned Parenthood, I drove to the beach and sat there thinking for hours. At first, I was tempted to reschedule for another abortion near me. But, the more I sat there, staring at the water, the more I realized there was not a good, valid reason for me to abort my baby. My job pays well and has great benefits. It really was a no brainer that I should keep the pregnancy. Now the big issue would be to tell my mother.

As I was leaving the beach, I saw a sign for Support Circle so I headed over there. They were so friendly and helpful. When I met with the patient advocate, I shared my fear about telling my mother. Since I had the ultrasound, I thought I might take that photo with me when I tell her. The patient advocate encouraged me. She helped me to see it may be difficult to tell my mom and for her to hear at first but, this baby may end up being a source of joy for her.

The nurse gave me a free ultrasound. To our surprise, I am carrying TWINS! My mom is a twin so I knew this would mean a great deal to her. I was excited to bring the ultrasound image to show my mom. Mom was very happy and overjoyed. She just kept hugging me and crying and looking at the ultrasound image and smiling and hugging and crying. Lol

I am so glad I went to Support Circle instead of getting an abortion near me. The staff were kind and supportive of my choices. It was great to have someone to talk things through with.


I am familiar with the abortion clinics near me

I am familiar with the abortion clinics near me because I have had two previous abortions. My boyfriend and I are undecided about what to do about this pregnancy so we came to Support Circle together.

My boyfriend waited while I met with the Patient Advocate and the nurse first. I was able to share my fears and concerns about continuing the pregnancy. My friends are supportive and even want to throw me a shower. Xavier told his mom and she is excited as this would be her first grandchild. Liam wants us to co-parent together. He has even purchased decorations for the nursery and is talking about investing or our child’s future.

Even with all of this support, I’m just not sure. I don’t think we are financially stable enough to have a child. We are both in college. Neither of us has a job lined up after graduation and we are going to have to start paying on school loans soon. There are so many reasons why I could go to one of the abortion clinics near me. It was good to be able to talk to the Patient Advocate and share all of my worries and fears regarding raising this child. The relationship with Xavier is hold and cold. I don’t want to bring a child into that instability. My Patient Advocate listened, was comforting and she gave me a list of resources that helped calm some of my fears.

I’m thankful to Support Circle for taking the time to meet with Xavier and me. The Patient Advocate listened to Xavier and even talked to Xavier about ways he can be supportive of me during the pregnancy. She recommended couples counseling as a place to verbalize our needs and preferences. We both felt heard and cared for. We have a clear path ahead of us and I feel in a better frame of mind to make a final decision. I’m so glad we went to Support Circle instead of to any of the abortion clinics near me.

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A Search for Abortion Clinics Near Me Brought Me to Support Circle

A search for abortion clinics near me brought me to Support Circle. I’m from Australia. I took a gap year after I completed my degree to travel across America. My goal was to visit all 50 states in 50 weeks before beginning a masters program at U.C. Berkeley. I began my American trek last year with my college boyfriend. We planned the trip to end in California. We did not plan on breaking up in Texas and I did not plan on getting pregnant.

When I realized I had not had a period for some time, I purchased a home pregnancy test that confirmed what I had feared. I was alone and pregnant in a foreign country without medical insurance, about to begin graduate school and not a clue what to do with a baby. I did a search for abortion clinics near me.

On the phone with the abortion provider, when she told me the costs, I was surprised. I am accustomed to socialized healthcare so having to pay hundreds of dollars to terminate my pregnancy seemed insane. And more money than I could afford. After I hung up, I took a chance and began to search for free pregnancy verifications.  That’s when I found Support Circle.

When I called to make an appointment, the lady I spoke to was kind and helpful. Tasha at Support Circle, was the nurse that confirmed my pregnancy with an ultrasound and completed the pregnancy verification. Tasha was patient and answered all of my questions about abortion in America and the abortion pill. There was so much I had no clue about and other things I had misunderstood.

I’m thankful to Support Circle’s team for their welcoming treatment of me. I am also grateful for the free ultrasound and free pregnancy verification that was required by abortion clinics near me. Thank you for all of your help, Support Circle.

Snippet: I’m thankful to Support Circle’s team for their welcoming treatment of me. I am also grateful for the free ultrasound and free pregnancy verification that was required by the abortion clinic near me. Thank you for all of your help, Support Circle.

More info: https://supportcircle.org/consideringabortion

Abortion Clinics Near Me

I found Support Circle when I was looking for abortion clinics near me. My husband and I just moved to San Francisco a week ago. We don’t have medical insurance here yet but I needed to know if I was pregnant for sure. Support Circle gives free pregnancy verifications so that’s why I chose them.

I took a home pregnancy test that said I was pregnant. I didn’t have any pregnancy symptoms so I thought that maybe the pregnancy wasn’t viable. One of my friends had an ectopic pregnancy so I was scared that I did too. I didn’t know how things work in America without medical insurance and thought if I found abortion clinics near me, they would be able to take care of an ectopic pregnancy.

The staff at Support Circle were informative and supportive. When the nurse did the free ultrasound, she showed me the baby was in my uterus, where it should be. She kindly explained that if I did have an ectopic pregnancy, I would have had to go to the emergency room, not to abortion clinics near me. I was surprised at how relieved I was that everything was healthy and fine. When I met with the patient advocate, she helped me to process the new set of emotions I was feeling. She also explained my options and how things work in America.

When I searched for abortion clinics near me, I didn’t think I was really pregnant. I am so thankful for Support Circle’s free ultrasound and the information I received that helped me to make an informed decision about my pregnancy.

I had an abortion at the Planned Parenthood Near Me

A few years ago, I had an abortion at the Planned Parenthood near me. I was at San Francisco State University and could not see how I could support a baby and finish my degree. I found Support Circle then and they were very supportive and helpful. I went through with my decision to have an abortion.

Now, I am out of college and in my mid-twenties. Things are so different from back then. When I missed my period, I told my boyfriend, DeShaun. He was shocked but happy. DeShaun came with me to Support Circle when I went back for the pregnancy ultrasound. We decided to go to Support Circle because their ultrasounds are free. The Planned Parenthood near me charges for an ultrasound.

It was so amazing to see our baby on the screen. It’s so tiny but we could see the head and the heartbeat. All healthy. I was smiling and DeShaun was smiling. I had been so worried that something would be wrong with it since my previous abortion.

This pregnancy was unplanned but we are excited to meet our baby. I am thankful to Support Circle for being here to show me my baby at no cost when an ultrasound at the Planned Parenthood near me was more than we could afford.

Getting an Abortion Near Me

When I missed my period, I began to search for how to get an abortion near me. That was when I found Support Circle. I was in college and studying for my finals when I realized my period was late. At first, I thought my period was coming because my breasts were tender. But when it didn’t come, I took a home pregnancy test after my last exam. The test was positive.

I was devastated. I felt completely alone and lost. The relationship with my boyfriend had not ended on good terms at all. I was entering my junior year at UC Berkeley. My parents sacrificed a lot to be able to send me to college in America. Dropping out of college to have a baby felt like I was being so disrespectful to my family and all of their hard work. I didn’t want to think about how disappointed I was in myself. All I wanted to do was to find somewhere to have an abortion near me.

The Support Circle clinic is in a medical building so I felt less anxious about going inside. Once I was there, the staff was friendly and made me feel very comfortable. They did a pregnancy test and it was positive. When the nurse did the ultrasound, she couldn’t find the baby where it should have been. Finally, she found it in one of my fallopian tubes. The nurse explained what an ectopic pregnancy is and why it was important for me to go to the hospital ER right away.

About a week after I went to the ER to end the ectopic pregnancy, I went back to Support Circle to thank the nurse for saving my life. I was able to sit down with a patient advocate at Support Circle to talk about my feelings. Even though I didn’t want the pregnancy, losing the baby caused a lot of emotions I wasn’t expecting. It was good to have someone to talk to that I could trust.

I was looking for an abortion near me but I’m glad I found Support Circle instead. The nurse found my ectopic pregnancy early and now I can get the emotional support I need to deal.

I needed an abortion clinic in San Francisco

I stumbled across Support Circle when I was searching for an abortion clinic in San Francisco. My boyfriend and I had been arguing for months. We would argue and make up, argue and make up. It was a toxic cycle that I wanted no part of anymore. Shortly after we broke up for good, I realized it had been awhile since my last period.

Since I work downtown, I wanted an abortion clinic in San Francisco that was nearby. I was concerned that I was 9-10 weeks along so I needed my pregnancy verification and dating right away. Support Circle could fit me in that day so I hurried over. Their staff were professional, supportive and made me feel comfortable. That first visit was rushed because of my limited time that day. I went back another day, and talked more with the patient advocate. She allowed me to talk while she listened.

Going to Support Circle helped me to make an informed decision about my pregnancy. I would tell any looking for an abortion clinic in San Francisco to go to Support Circle for her pregnancy verification. I was glad I could text to schedule my appointment.