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Abortion: It Was the Right Choice for Me
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The writer describes how she swore she’d never become a teen mom, but then found herself pregnant at 16 after not using condoms one time. She wrestles with what to do, and, realizing she is unable to care for a child or to give it away, chooses abortion.

Prompts for discussion and/or writing:

--Why does the writer feel she cannot keep the baby and raise it herself?

--Why does the writer decide against giving her baby up for adoption?

--Why does the writer at first feel that abortion is wrong?

--Why does the writer change her mind about abortion?

--Circle a passage in the story that you either strongly agree with or disagree with. Explain why you agree or disagree with this passage.

--If you were in the writer’s shoes, what would you have done?

--The writer doesn’t think abortion is wrong, but she does worry that some young women use it “as a form of birth control.” What is your opinion about abortion? Do you agree or disagree that some young women use it “as birth control”?

Activity: Youth can work in pairs or in small groups. Have each pair or group come up with a list of ideas for preventing unwanted pregnancies among teens (such as TV ads, better community clinics, better sex education, etc. Have them go into detail about their ideas, not just say “better sex ed.” Go around the room, list the suggestions on the board, and discuss.

Roleplay: Two teens, playing the writer and a friend. The writer’s friend thinks the writer should either raise the baby herself, or give the baby up for adoption. The writer believes she can’t raise the child alone, and would be too attached to the baby to give it up for adoption.
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