‘I was 15 and pregnant. No one ever asked my boyfriend any questions. No one ever gave him dirty looks at the store.’: Teen mom advocates for right to choose ‘with love, support, and help for ANY decision’

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“My heart has been heavy for a few days with this one.

I am in a Facebook group where a gal shared a horrifying story of her best friend’s dad taking advantage of her for years in ways he should never have…

She was 12 years old when she became pregnant.

A child about to have a child.

There are those who say, ‘If you don’t want the baby you should just put ‘it’ up for adoption.’

As if ‘just putting ‘it’ up for adoption’ is the easy thing.

As if pregnancy leaves no scars.

As if somehow she could disconnect from that child inside her and not feel love or concern for its wellbeing.

As if once the child is born, she could move on as if nothing ever happened.

As if having to explain to strangers how her baby was conceived and what her plans for the child were wouldn’t phase her.

As if no one would whisper when they see a young pregnant girl with their own assumptions and judgements.

As if she would never wonder about her child the rest of both of their lives.

I was a 15-year-old pregnant girl. I wrestled with difficult decisions and none of them would have been easy.

Teen girl looks down at the newborn baby girl she just gave birth to in the hospital
Courtesy of Danny-J Johnson

I cried for nearly 9 months straight. I cried off and on for another 18 years after that.

No one ever asked my boyfriend any questions. No one ever gave him dirty looks at the store.

Teen couple hold their newborn baby daughter together
Courtesy of Danny-J Johnson

I’m not saying one is right or wrong here.

I AM saying: have compassion; you can’t judge a person without being in their shoes.

I am also DEFINITELY saying: it is not the government’s nor any other person’s right to tell someone what do with their body.

If you are worried about the consequences of their ‘sin,’ let God be the judge.

My heart hurts for anyone who is forced into ANYTHING they didn’t choose.

My heart hurts for anyone having to make a very difficult decision for their future – whatever the circumstance.

My heart hurts for those who have made ANY decision (keep, adopt, abort) where there wasn’t support, love, or help.”

Teen mom poses with her daughter she had at 15
Courtesy of Danny-J Johnson

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