Only I Know

Letter to U.S. State and Federal Legislators,

Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today on this most personal issue.

Let me be clear. Only I Know when the time is right for me to bring a new life into this world. Only I Know when my partner and I want to keep our family at four. Only I Know that I don’t have the resources to raise a child. Only I Know that raising a child by myself is not an option. Only I Know that bearing a child and giving it up for adoption is not an option. Only I Know that I’m working two jobs just to support myself. Only I Know when my health is poor and my stamina weak. Only I Know what I need to do to care for my existing children. Only I Know that my contraception failed. Only I Know that I am too young and immature to have a baby. Only I Know that I have no job and lots of debt. Only I Know what I need to do to finish school and find meaningful work. Only I Know that my relationship is new and waiting is best. Only I Know that I have a plan for my life and it doesn’t include an unplanned pregnancy. Only I Know that my children are nearly grown and my childbearing years are behind me. Only I Know that I’ve become pregnant from a sexual assault. Only I Know when the time is right for me to bring a new life into this world.

Only I Know these things. You don’t Know.

It’s that simple.

Thank you for your attention and for backing-the-hell-off this most personal issue.

By volunteer Lynda D.

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