I would like to tell you the story of my mother. My mother, at the age of 21 became pregnant. She did not love her boyfriend. She was about to graduate college, with her eye on medical school. She wanted to become a doctor. So, she had an abortion. If you knew my mother today, you might never know that she is one of the hundreds of thousands of women who have had abortions for many various reasons. She goes to church every Sunday, dutifully makes dinner for our family every night, and has been happily married to my father for 25 years. She did not make her decision lightly and still at times feels guilt for reasons that she puts in herself. She views it as a selfish act. But I don't. Without her ability to choose when and with whom she made a family, I might not exist. My brothers might not exist. My father wouldn't have the rock of a woman that is currently helping him through his depression after being laid off. She would have a kid, one she might love, yes. But she would most certainly be a single mother, as her boyfriend broke up with her before she even had the abortion. What gave him the right to choose a different life but would deny her the same right? Luckily, she had a friend whose parents were well off and helped her pay for the abortion. But what might have happened if she were one of the 900,000 women in Indiana alone who live below the poverty line who will now, most likely not have access to ACA and would not be allowed to even get a government-funded abortion if this bill were to pass. Impoverished women have the highest rate of pregnancy. They have less access, both geographically and economically, to birth control and contraceptives. They have less education on sexual health. And they already have the least access to safe forms of abortion. Ninety-five percent of Indiana counties had no clinics for abortions. Yes, abortion rates are on the decline, in part due to access of contraception over the last five years. But those who encounter a situation like my mother might not have a choice any longer. I respect a woman's right to view life as beginning at fertilization. That is her belief and her choice. But I also respect a woman's right to choose a different kind of life for herself. Both of these opposing decisions made by the woman could either be viewed as selfish or selfless, the only difference is the outsider's perspective. So I beg you, let the woman decide for herself. It terrifies me that I would have to beg for the freedom of a choice from people who will never understand the burden of that choice. But here I kneel. Do not pass this bill.