Taslima (name changed) immigrated from India six months ago. She was 18 years old and had been accepted from across the world to University of California Berkeley. The first person in her family to go to college, Taslima’s parents put all of their financial resources into getting Taslima a degree at one of the world’s premier universities.
Her first semester of college, Taslima met a boy. He was a great guy, they fell in love, and decided to have sex. Taslima wasn’t familiar with the university resources for birth control, and became pregnant within a few months of dating.
She was terrified, but also knew exactly what she needed to do. She couldn’t raise a child by herself in a country that was not her own and she couldn’t drop out of school and return home, abandoning her dreams and those of her family.
Taslima was able to come to Planned Parenthood for a safe, early abortion procedure. She also got an IUD the same day, ensuring that this wouldn’t happen again – that she could finish college and have a child in the future when she was ready.