Whose Choice? by Vianca L.

The idea to project the image of a sonogram onto the stomach of a naked teenage girl first popped into my head in mid-January of this year. It was after a conversation with a friend about the difficult choice of abortion. She had just informed me that she had been having unprotected sex – no form of birth control whatsoever. “Forget the plethora of STDs you’ve probably already contracted… what happens when you get pregnant?” I asked, to which she nonchalantly replied, “Oh, that’s easy. I’ll just get an abortion.” I spent the next half hour desperately trying to convince her that abortions were not that easy. Did she have any idea how heavy her statement was? How could she so carelessly decide what she would do in that sort of situation? The more I thought about it however, the more I realized I could ask myself the same question. Did I have any idea what I would do if I ever got pregnant? No. After much thought however, I came to the conclusion that the one thing I was sure of, was that if I ever did find myself in that situation, I didn’t want someone else making the decision for me. On a topic that is so controversial, and yet so personal, this project was created to stir up questioning in the minds and hearts of other teenage girls like me.