Charlene stared disbelieving at the positive pregnancy test slightly trembling in her hand. Feelings of shame and waves of anxiety washed over her as she thought of all the reasons she couldn’t be pregnant right now. “We can hardly make ends meet as it is. What is my husband going to say? This is impossible!”
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Alana and her boyfriend, Chad, have been together for several years and have been through some traumatic times. With a young child entering kindergarten and feeling a bit more stable, they began making plans for the future: education, a home, maybe marriage. Then Alana discovers she is pregnant. Her last pregnancy was so tough that
As a single mom of two, Shana couldn’t imagine having another child. Which is why, about a year previously, she decided to get an abortion when discovering she was pregnant. That abortionist treated her so badly that she swore she would never go back there again.
Late last year, Houda discovered she was pregnant. The cultural and religious shame for her as a Muslim was more than she could bear, so Planned Parenthood gave her a chemical abortion. The private horror she experienced during that event, and the overwhelming regret she has felt since, led to a state of deep despair that ultimately caused her to attempt suicide. Houda was discovered and rushed to a hospital. During her treatment and recovery it was revealed that she was again pregnant.
David was born via C-section this summer at a hospital in Rochester. His mom, Carrie, is delighted by his arrival and is overjoyed in her new role as Mom. Her joy is in sharp contrast to how she felt when she first found out she was pregnant, unemployed, without insurance, and in an unstable relationship.
Trisha is a recent college graduate, just starting her professional career in the Buffalo area. She and her boyfriend were excited about their future plans together. Then Trisha found out she is pregnant. Unsure of what to do, she told her boyfriend who strongly encouraged her to abort. Trisha, feeling like she would lose him if she didn’t follow his urgings, searched online for a place to learn more about abortion. She called CompassCare and got an appointment for the next day.
Liza began to experience increased anxiety that caused her to feel absolutely overwhelmed at the prospect of raising a child. She began to seriously consider abortion and when she shared her thoughts with a friend, that friend encouraged her to call Northtown Pregnancy Center (NPC), now CompassCare Buffalo.
Joanie found out she was pregnant and panicked. “I need to get an abortion, NOW,” she thought to herself as she searched for a local abortionist online. Joanie made an appointment with Freedom of Choice for the following week. Joanie forgot to write down the time of her abortion and needed to call to confirm.
Trisha fled to Rochester to escape a domestic abuse situation. Alone, without a job or any connections locally, Trisha discovered that she was pregnant. With no insurance or any means to pay for healthcare, she was delighted to learn that CompassCare’s services are free. Trisha’s nurse greeted her warmly and invited her into the exam