Personal testimonies from women (and men) who have gone through an abortion.
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"This is hard. I've only spoken about this once in my entire life. Here it goes. I was 14 when I fell pregnant. My boyfriend and I had been dating for four months when I woke up one morning feeling nauseous, I thought that I was probably just ill, and I never took it seriously. Two weeks or so past and each morning I felt sick. I started feeling sick in the evenings as well, and I knew that..."
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: July 16, 2015
"I had an abortion when I was five weeks pregnant. When I found out I was pregnant, I was so happy and excited. When I told my boyfriend—who was a married man—he was shocked and didn’t believe me. I showed him the pregnancy test. He told me he was sick, had heart problems, needed surgery, and was going to die. This married man was like a dad to me. He protected me from anything bad. I didn't have..."
Location: Miami, FL
Date: July 15, 2015
"Twenty-two years ago I had just graduated from college. No career yet, and no money. My pretty blonde girlfriend got pregnant. I reacted like a cornered animal. "It's just a blob of tissue; we'll abort," I told her. She resisted. She talked about giving the baby up for adoption. Neither of us were ready to be parents. I was adamant. "You will abort," I told her. "That's all there is to..."
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Date: July 15, 2015
"I was 7 weeks and 6 days when my boyfriend and I decided to have an abortion. We didn't talk to anyone and did everything ourselves. We gave up our unborn child because we were children ourselves. I got pregnant at 17. Lying in the doctor's office was one of the most difficult things ever. As I was lying there crying, I debated whether I should just get up and leave. But the nurse holding my..."
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: July 13, 2015
"March 2nd, 2015, is the day I got my abortion and lost my chance to bring a beautiful baby into this world. I was 20 at the time, and I come from a very religious and strict family. I know that telling them I was pregnant or even telling them I’m having the baby would start all sorts of problems, judgment, and disappointment. I wasn't ready for that. My boyfriend and I had been dating for eight..."
Date: July 11, 2015
"I was 17 wen I made the choice. I was three months along when I found out. No sickness, no weight gain, no change, but I suspected. I was in a very unstable situation that I did not want to bring a child into. I was trying to finish school and look for work. The father was my off-and-on-again boyfriend of four years. I was well aware that he was sleeping around and not committed. Even though he..."
Location: Cleveland, OH
Date: July 11, 2015
"When I found out I was pregnant, it was a month after the breakup. I loved the baby's dad very much. He meant the world to me, but he took me for granted and was always looking for something else. When I found out I had his baby, I was excited, I never thought an 'accident' would happen to me. But I knew it was far from ideal. I knew that I couldn't count on the father. I had no family around me..."
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date: July 10, 2015
"I was not forced into an abortion. My boyfriend did not threaten to leave me. Actually, he made me promise against it. My parents did not want me to have a baby at 14. My father bombarded me with facts about teen pregnancy. Never once did they tell me the bad things about abortion, and people never do when they want you to get one. I tried to get pregnant—which seems crazy at 14, but I have been..."
Date: July 9, 2015
"I found out I was pregnant when I was in high school—my junior year in 2014. I was only 17, and my boyfriend and I had only been together for 2-3 months at that time. I remember finding out in the morning before school. I was getting morning sickness and throwing up and gaining weight. I knew something was wrong, but I ignored it. My sister bought me a test, and I took it in the morning before..."
Date: July 7, 2015
"It was three days before my 20th birthday, and I was spending the day with my boyfriend. He really was something. He wasn't the most attractive. When I first started hanging out with him I had zero intentions of dating him, but he was persistent. Beyond funny, he just made me feel like a better person when we were together. I really thought he was it; he was the one. I don't think could have..."
Location: Atlanta, GA
Date: July 2, 2015
"I was sick for days. I was fighting with my boyfriend every day because of issues we were having. I wanted to give up, but I told myself I loved him and indeed I do. I was late, but I thought since I had previously taken the pilI I would be late. Then I started having spots, feeling sick—nauseated and all. I realized something was wrong. I was spotting, but I thought it would eventually come. I..."
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Date: June 30, 2015
"I was so happy to discover I was pregnant. I immediately changed my diet. I stopped all medication—even though it meant I would be in pain—and I removed anything from my life that would pose a risk to my baby. I made video blogs for my baby. I took pictures of my growing bump. I played music—even though my baby couldn't hear it yet. My word, how I loved my baby! The weeks that followed were..."
Date: June 29, 2015
"I've had three abortions and one miscarriage. My first abortion was when I was 16 years old. In addition, I joined the National Organization for Women in my mid-twenties and became the chair for “reproductive freedom.” I advocated abortion, wrote pro-abortion articles, and rallied and marched for abortion rights. One of my duties involved busing abortion rights advocates down to Washington, DC...."
Location: United States
Date: June 25, 2015
"I am a real person; this is a real story. If you are thinking about having an abortion, please reconsider. I have only been pregnant once in my life, when I was 30. I had an abortion because I caved under pressure by my family and friends. I was happy and excited to be pregnant, but I didn't have the support I needed. Instead of going into detail about the whole story, all I will say is this. I..."
Location: Biloxi, MS
Date: June 14, 2015
"I was 26 when I made the worst decision of my life. It's been a year since I chose to have an abortion, and there's not a day that goes by that the memory of it doesn't exist. I had just spent thousands of dollars to move across the country. I had just started a new job and had just moved in with the guy I was dating. A month after moving, I started waking up dizzy every day and blacking out in..."
Date: June 12, 2015