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Nisha Nagarkoti

Youth client, Nepal

"Society wouldn't have accepted me."

Nisha Nagarkoti was studying for her exams when she found out she was pregnant.

At just 19 years old and unmarried, she knew how difficult it would be for her and her family.

"Society wouldn't have accepted me," she explained.

Unable to tell her parents, she confided in a close friend who took her to an abortion clinic, but they were so "rude and unfriendly" because of her young age that Nisha left without being treated.

Though I love children, I was not in a position to keep it. My focus was on my studies to achieve better in life.
Nisha Nagarkoti

"I felt really bad the way they talked to me. They tried to interrogate me and asked unnecessary questions. When I came to the Marie Stopes centre, the environment was nice, the staff were friendly. Even though I told them I was not married, they treated me well and provided detailed information.

"I was so worried and scared, but the Marie Stopes staff were so friendly and supportive. One of them was talking to me and another nurse was doing the procedure. I just felt a cramp in my stomach. The nurse said the abortion was done. I didn't [believe it] at first, it was quick and less painful than I assumed.

"After, it was a big relief to me. Though I love children, I was not in a position to keep it. At the time my focus was on my studies to achieve better in life. After the procedure we were free of tension, we both were happy. We could focus on our studies and got good results as well."

Nisha's story features in: Global Impact Report: This is how we change the world - click the link to read the report.

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