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A client's story to smash the stigma around more than one abortion

7 September 2020 Case study

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    "All I can hope is that someone may read my story, and realise that they too are not alone."  

    A client story smashing the stigma around more than one abortion

     

    "The first time I took a test and discovered I was pregnant it felt as though my whole world was caving in."

    It was a result of a fling that had no future (a shared feeling from both partners) and a broken condom. I remember the panic I felt, the shame, the worry, the responsibility, that washed over me, that fact that people didn't understand, even though they were my family or friends.

    Marie Stopes was incredible. The counselling offered and the safe space they gave me to talk my decision through and the ensuing help was invaluable, and allowed me the time to know that I was not alone.

    I recently found out that I was pregnant a second time, again, a moment where I am fighting against the shame and panic that comes with the discovery, and yet again, Marie Stopes has been a beacon of calm and non judgement that has made me so much more comfortable in walking through my options and subsequent decision

    "Marie Stopes and their counsellors have given me again the space to think it through and make a decision that suits and fits me."

    I'm struggling with the fact that I am going through a second abortion, however Marie Stopes and their counsellors have given me again the space to think it through and make a decision that suits and fits me, without any pressure or manipulation, emotional or otherwise, something that I feel we are made to feel to take for granted in our relationships and self esteem.

    All I can hope is that someone may read my story, and realise that they too are not alone.

    "Despite the struggles I am going through, I feel a sense of security and safety when talking to and dealing with Marie Stopes."

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