My story: It was about 1968 and I enjoying my early days as a single women with a new job in Montreal and a shared apartment with 3 other gals. Life was fun and carefree. I was in a relationship with a nice guy but knew he was not a long term person for me. I had too much living and experiencing to do and sex for me was really recreational then. I had no guilt or hangups. When I got pregnant, all I could think of was solving “the problem”. A worldly male friend I approached about it put me in touch with Dr. Morgentaler. Those were early years in his quest to legalize abortion and make it more accessible to those women in need. I felt uncomfortable going to his office for the procedure and not seeing where it was and what it was like, so I made a prelim appointment to see the setup. They were very nice and took the time ti show me around and explain the procedure. It was not a dingy back room on a kitchen table as I had envisioned. It was clean and professional. All was taken care of through a vacuum process on the following appointment. I arrived with $400 in cash in my purse and gladly handed it over–this was about 45 years ago, lots of money for a single working girl. I did not tell anyone else for many years after. I have told others now and even my dear daughter knows.
I must add that my “recreational” sex from my youth probably was the contributing cause of my stage 3 cervical cancer about 25 years ago. HPV must have been a factor back then too. It was successfully cured through tough radiation and chemo treatments–luckily for me.
Anonymous – PEI