14-year-old “almost didn’t make it” through abortion

By Sarah Terzo

Linda Huffsteller, who had an abortion at 14, says:

“I was only 14 years old acting out of fear and desperation. I didn’t even give them an I.D. because I didn’t have any. . . . All I had to do is sign in. No one even talked to me until I had a gown on and was ready to wheel me to the OR room. During my abortion I was told by the nurses that I almost didn’t make it and there was complications. I was told I would be in and out within an hour or two. I was in recovery for the next 10 hours and my boyfriend (now my husband) wasn’t kept informed why I wasn’t coming out into the waiting room where he had to wait. They even locked the doors due to closing time.”

Amicus brief submitted in the Supreme Court case. WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH v. HELLERSTEDT.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.