While I was in grad school, I was sexually assaulted by a part-time lecturer at the university I attended. This rape resulted in a pregnancy that I aborted. I was deeply traumatized by the sexual assault and the abortion. Despite my situation, I experienced conflicting feelings about aborting versus keeping the child. In the end, I was glad that I could have a safe and legal abortion in the state of California. Even more important, I was able to access post-abortion counseling for an affordable price. I think that it is vital that such services exist. An abortion is a big decision that affects many women for long after the actual procedure. I hope that activists and others will work to provide such services increasingly in the future.
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