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Iowa mom changes view on abortion after procedure

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- You might notice more protesters than usual outside Planned Parenthood in Cedar Rapids during the next few weeks.

The Coalition for Life of Iowa organized a Lenten prayer vigil at locations across the state.

Jennifer Minney of Cedar Rapids had an abortion ten years ago, and hopes her story will persuade lawmakers to ban the procedure. But women's health advocates say pregnancy outcomes aren't always the same and should be handled individually.

Jennifer tries her best to stay present in the moment with her active three-year-old daughter, Rachel. But memories of her abortion 13 years ago, still weigh heavily on her mind.

Jennifer says, "I attempted suicide. After the abortion I felt worthless. I felt like I was the murderer of a child."

Jennifer says her ex-husband forced her to terminate the pregnancy, and even threatened her life.

"I found out I was pregnant three months after I had married my high school sweetheart, I was ecstatic. I was going to be a mom! My ex-husband was less than thrilled and thought I planned it and did it on purpose."

Jill June, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, says while Jennifer's story is compelling, she doesn't represent the majority of women who have had an abortion.

"We've heard from thousands and thousands of women who are not filled with regret from an abortion. They in fact tell us they feel great relief that they were able to carry out this very personal and private decision."

June adds, nationwide, 3% of Planned Parenthood's services are abortion, and in Iowa the number is even lower.

"We urge women to be very, very certain of their decision and any ambiguity what so ever means that decision should not be carried out. No woman should be pressured, this is her decision to make, and its one she will live with."

Jennifer brought her testimony to a House sub-committee in Des Moines one month ago.
She supports a bill that says life starts at conception and all life should be protected.
The bill didn't advance this session, but she'll be back next year.

"If I can help one person not to have to go through the pain and agony that I did, its well worth it to give my testimony"

Jill June and Jennifer Minney are vocal about their very different beliefs on this issue, but one thing they agree on, is that women should educate themselves on pregnancy prevention and adoption options.

Online reporter: Molly Nichols

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