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Hey! Thanks for checking out my blog. I had my abortion in Dec 2008, so you can find most of the posts about the nitty gritty by clicking on "2008" in the blog archives, and checking out things from there.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Actually making the appointment

So once they realized why I was there, they let me through the door so I could actually have a private conversation. That was a relief. And then I actually felt like I was in the kind of space I expected Planned Parenthood to be.
The woman I talked to repeated the things I had read online about the different kinds of abortions and the prices. I would have preferred a surgical abortion, but they are most effective if you wait a bit longer into the pregnancy, and frankly, I couldn't wait to be not-pregnant again. She told me they only can do it on certain days of the week, and that I would be in the clinic for 5-7 hours regardless of which method I chose. She recorded the info from my insurance card, and was generally a pretty nice and easy to talk to person. But I was still feeling a little edgy and standoffish after having spent such a ridiculous amount of time attempting to make an appointment for something that was pretty time sensitive. She asked me if I had an idea of how far along I was, and I told her my last period was only just over a month ago. I told her I wanted a medical abortion. The other advantage of this is that the actual abortion could be done at home, and since no one here had convinced me yet that this was really a space where I could or would be comfortable, I didnt really want to do the thing there.

The most difficult thing she told me was that I could bring one adult with me. This made perfect sense, but then immediately made me stressed out about choosing a person. I'm lucky enough to have a whole gaggle of loving supportive friends who would be happy to go with me. These lovely people who I am so lucky and grateful to have in my life are all very wonderful. I didnt want to choose one. Its not that I wanted a crew with me, I didnt, I just didnt want to have to pick someone.

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