“Abortion: Same day, Safe, Painfree”.
That’s what the poster said. She walked past it the first time… But they were plastered on almost every wall and tree in the Huhudi township she stayed in. She was shy to stop and take down the number, but she knew she needed a solution to her “problem”.
Lera was only 15 years old. She suspected she was about 10 weeks pregnant. Well based on her first and last sexual encounter with her Maths teacher. She initially thought her period was just irregular, but eventually she tested and oh well… 2 solid lines! Positive. She immediately informed “Bae” who immediately vocalised how this was never a relationship and he was out of whatever they had had. After weeks of trying to persuade him otherwise, his cold shoulder now turning into a threat became a sure reality.
She contemplated keeping her child. I mean, so many girls her age had babies. But then the thought of her Dad… Her mum – she could work with, she would be disappointed but she was an overall gentle and forgiving person. Her Dad on the other hand was quiet the opposite. (Maybe that’s what they meant by opposites attracting) He was a cruel, harsh and unforgiving man. No explanation or cry of a newborn would redeem her in his eyes! What was she to do? She was a fairly good student, she probably could make Varsity if she worked a bit harder. A baby was bound to be an inconvenience. She wasn’t ready, yet the thought of having someone to love and love you back unconditionally was tempting too. The debate continued in her mind for 3 more weeks.
Week 13… Now Ex Bae asked Lera if she had “sorted out” the problem. As she said no, she quickly felt a hot slap on her cheek followed by the question “Are you crazy?” and the instruction “Get rid of that thing!” Tears flowed down her cheeks and it dawned that maybe indeed she was mental for even considering keeping this thing… so today, she would find a way to get Doctor Maxs’ number from the poster and call him to make arrangements.
For sure Dr Max (a wierd name for a Doctor) was more than willing to assist. He invited her to his consulting room. It was on the 2nd floor of an old building. As she entered she was instructed to remove her shoes as she was standing on sacred ground. After consultation with a half traditional healer, half youthful young gentleman, he handed her 4 tablets and instructions. She left… somewhat relieved yet also sore for the R400 she had to sacrifice. She got home and first thing she did was “the deed”. As she looked at the tablets, they really looked like Paracetamol… but oh well. She waited… Nothing. No bleeding, No pain, Nothing. It really was exactly as the poster had said… She waited 3 days and tested again… 2 solid lines! Still positive. She called Dr Max and vented her frustration. He asked her to meet her in the alley behind the supermarket. She went and received another 4 tablets and a bunch of assurances. He however requested she drops him another R100.
Back home, these tablets sure did work. She bled for days, had cramps from the pit of hell and even had to miss school. Calling it severe period pain to avoid suspicion. Day 5, still bleeding, she panicked. She called Dr Max who told her to come in for a check up. During the consultation he explained that he suspected it was due to her being over 3 months in her pregnancy. He called a nurse from the local clinic to come assist… and after a painful experience that involved what looked like a metal hanger she walked back home, limping. 5 days later, the bleeding had stopped, the pregnancy test was negative. Life was back to normal…
Lera thrived. Matriculated . Went to North West University and excelled in her profession. She eventually met a young handsome somebody and they settled down… 4 years into her marriage, she still had no children. They had been trying since Day 1 so her husband insisted it was time they both go to the Doctor for check ups. She agreed and it was revealed her Uterus had scaring. Possibly due to damage during a forced and unprofessionally excecuted evacuation. When they got home, Lera explained her abortion to her husband. His face puffed up with tears as she spoke. “How could you Lerato ?Why didn’t you tell me? I never signed up to marry DAMAGED GOODS!”.