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Giving birth in California was a turn of events that Marci could not have imagined when she decided to give the baby up for adoption. Granted she’d registered with a national adoption agency, so nationwide applicants were expected; her leaving Nevada wasn’t. The other thing she could not have planned for was the reason. In truth she never gave thought one way or another of the possibility that the chosen couple would be gay but regardless she was unaware of the inequities in the Nevada state laws between the rights of potential heterosexual and homosexual adoptive parents. A heterosexual couple would have had no legal issues adopting a baby born in Nevada regardless of their home state even if it were California.
Marci had predicted her baby would have an interesting life, who knew how interesting her life was going to be as a result of conceiving him. Unlike the two other pregnancies Marci was in a relationship with this baby’s father. It wasn’t just a sex thing but regardless she still ended up alone with another unplanned pregnancy and the father nowhere to be found.
Marci was sexually active from the time she turned fifteen and only practiced somewhat safe sex; the key word being ‘somewhat’. Most of the boys she had sex with wore condoms but if they didn’t have one or refused, she didn’t turn them away. Her lack of concern about taking precautions and responsibility for her own methods of birth control resulted in four unplanned pregnancies in six years.
Marci was 16 and in high school when she got pregnant the first time. The football jock whom she
claimed fathered the child took no responsibility and considering Marci’s promiscuous sexual behavior amongst his teammates, only a paternity test would have proven her right. In the end it didn’t matter because her parents Kathy and Bob Dickerson convinced her to have an abortion which she did. She suffered horribly with guilt and depression after the procedure. Unfortunately, the tragic experience didn’t change her sexual habits of unprotected sex but instead made her resolute in her convictions never to abort another pregnancy.
The second one happened the year Marci turned 18. She’d graduated high school with no expectations of higher education. It wasn’t low grades or financial hardships that hindered her. She was intelligent, got passing grades and with a bit of effort could have likely qualified for a scholarship or financial aid, but she just wasn’t focused.