A young woman did not want to involve her parents for fear that she, like her sister, would be forced to continue her pregnancy against her wishes. After her sister told her parents that she was pregnant, they forced her to give birth and put the child up for adoption. Her sister subsequently tried to commit suicide and was institutionalized for depression.
A young woman picked a fight with her brother so he would punch her in the stomach, all in hope of triggering a miscarriage.
Another young woman threw herself down the stairs in hope of disrupting the pregnancy.
One young woman, who was a gymnast, devised a gymnastics practice regimen that she hoped would cause her to miscarry.
A young woman was so scared that her parents would find out about her unintended pregnancy, she tried to overdose on over-the-counter medication.
In a well publicized case from Indiana, a teen, desperate to end her pregnancy without her parents’ knowledge, had an illegal abortion and died from complications.
A young woman had an older sister who was thrown out of the house by her parents when she became pregnant as “punishment for her sin.” Since then, her parents acted as if they had only one daughter. This young woman did not want to lose her family and home, or the sense that she ever even existed for her family.
A young woman in Massachusetts, a state with a mandatory parental involvement law, refused to involve her parents because they had forced her to carry a previous pregnancy to term against her will, and she was determined not to let that happen again.
A young woman feared her parent’s reaction to the news that she was pregnant with the child of a young man of a different ethnicity of whom her parents did not approve. Upon hearing of her pregnancy and her plan to have an abortion, her parents sent her to India against her will to prevent her from terminating the pregnancy.
A thirteen year old from Massachusetts was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. When she became pregnant, she felt that she could not turn to her mother. However, upon learning that in order to have an abortion she would have to either tell her mother or get a court order, she decided that she simply could not face a judge. Left without any other option, she told her mother. Her mother’s responded by calling her a slut and threw her out of the house.