“Her mother brought her to a house at night, and the man who performed her abortion told her that she couldn’t make any noise because he had neighbors,” VanKampen Saravia said. “My mother was scared, and her abortion was a secret from nearly everyone she knew for many years. She was forced into silence.”

VanKampen Saravia says that she does not want the same for her daughter.

“My mother shared her story with me because she wanted me to know that I could come to her and that it was OK for me to share my story with her,” she adds. “That’s what I want for my daughter. I want her to know that she is surrounded by people who have had abortions, (including) her mother, her grandmother…I want her to know that she is loved by people who have had an abortion.”

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