Sharon Lagos’ Abortion Story

My abortion story starts in June 2015 when I went on summer vacation from college in Florida to Honduras to visit my family. I got pregnant and didn’t even know. While I was in Honduras, I took Plan B to prevent a pregnancy, but it didn’t work. When I came back to the US, I went to a Walmart and bought a home pregnancy test, which unfortunately tested positive. My world collapsed in that moment. I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t concentrate in college, felt lonely, and wanted to go back home. I started thinking about what I was going to do and my first thought was that I was going to have an abortion. My partner wasn’t supportive, and I was not prepared to become a parent; I had to finish my studies and so many other things. In January, after moving from Florida to Texas, I wasn’t able to look for an abortion clinic in my home country since it is illegal there, I started looking for one in the United States.

I found a pregnancy center close to my house where they offered me a free pregnancy test and an ultrasound, but I didn’t like that clinic when they started talking and showing me videos about the difference between abortion, adoption, parenting, and God. They told me that I was 30 weeks pregnant and that an abortion wasn’t an option for me. I didn’t believe them, so that same day I searched and found that Colorado and New Mexico were my options. By this time, I was 31 weeks pregnant so my abortion cost $12,000 and I had to travel to New Mexico in less than a week. After calling several abortion funds, I raised $9,500 the day I was supposed to travel. Together, they paid for my plane ticket and hotel in New Mexico. I felt I had one more opportunity to change my life. I thought this wasn’t going to be possible because of all the process, laws, discrimination, pain, money, not having insurance, not knowing things about this country, being by myself, and so many things. I am thankful for the people who helped me raise the money, helped me make this process possible. After my abortion, I felt like the happiest person in this world.

I am sharing my story and want for people out there to know about it because I know they do not know about abortion and we as women, we decide for our bodies, our lives and our futures. No one can decide for us, no law and no financial situation. I am Hispanic and I would like for women like me or, even in the worst situation to know that they are not alone.