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Antigua and Barbuda: Women share their stories as legal challenge against anti-abortion laws gains traction

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By Elesha George

Antigua and Barbuda (Antigua Observer) – As news of a legal challenge against Antigua and Barbuda’s anti-abortion laws gains momentum, several women have come forward to share their personal experiences and reasons for having illegal abortions. Their stories highlight the complex and deeply personal nature of the decision to terminate a pregnancy.

One woman, who was attending university, found herself in a financial and emotional bind. “We were broke. I was going to university and the father didn’t want the responsibility of having a family at that time,” she shared.

She said she didn’t know what to really expect when she took an over-the-counter pill that was purported to terminate the pregnancy. She said it started off with basic period symptoms, backaches and cramps but as the process continued, “the pain was unreal. I thought I was dying as well. I cried and bled and screamed for four days.”

Still, she said she doesn’t regret her decision, and although she thinks of her baby all the time, it was the right decision for the both of them.

Another woman said she was young and simply not ready to have a baby. “In addition, for the almost 10 weeks that I was pregnant, I became a shell of myself and it wasn’t because I didn’t want to be pregnant. A symptom I had was depression and it was the worst thing ever.”

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