Personal testimonies from women (and men) who have gone through an abortion.
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"I found out I was pregnant at ten weeks. I went to a women's center to get an ultrasound. I saw the baby move and heard its heartbeat. I was in complete shock. I could see the feet and hands so clearly. It was a tiny human. But I had convinced myself abortion was the best option. I had only known the baby's father for a couple months and we were not in a relationship. He was a lot older than me...."
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Date: July 15, 2016
"I'm not for or against abortion. I just want to share my personal story to help others out. I was 19 years old and had been dating my boyfriend for almost three years when I found out I was pregnant. When I found out, I was around 4-5 weeks. I was happy, sad, excited, nervous, and sick all in one. Some days I just knew I would be the perfect mom and couldn't wait to hold and meet my precious..."
Date: July 13, 2016
"I was 17 when I found out I was pregnant. I didn’t tell my boyfriend right away because I was so scared. My sister had just told my parents she was pregnant. All I thought was, “Oh God, how embarrassing for them for both their girls to be pregnant under the age of 20.” Not to mention, we came from a very Latino community, and pregnancy at a young age ran rampant. The judgment from my peers alone..."
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: July 13, 2016
"I feel so sad for what my ex-girlfriend did. In January, 2016, we had a big fight and we stopped talking. After a few weeks she called me and we came back together. After one week she told me she needed to do a pregnancy test. I was a supervisor at a medical lab and she was a nurse, so we did a blood test and it came out positive. She was crying over the phone. I rushed to her at work to support..."
Date: July 10, 2016
"I will always carry this with me. I will forever be unable to forgive myself. I was 16 years old and everyone says how it stays with you. But there's no way to explain how true that comment is. I'm not going to make up an excuse as to why I went through with the procedure. I was young, yes. I was not working. I was living at home. But the fact I did not fight for someone who had instantly become..."
Date: July 6, 2016
"Living in New York, I had what you call a wild life. Every weekend from Thursday to Sunday I would go out drinking and partying my life away with my partner in crime my BEST FRIEND! Let's call her Pitta for the sake of this post; so Pitta and I were so close that everyone at one point thought we were a thing. She and I were so close we would tell each other everything, hangout every day, and I..."
Location: New York
Date: July 5, 2016
"On June 28, 2016, I had an abortion. I found out I was pregnant and was so scared, wondering what I would do. A choice like this really stays with you forever. I'm 17-years-old, turning 18. I work a minimum-wage job, my car just broke down, and I'm struggling financially. I have been with my boyfriend, the father of my baby, for seven months. He's the love of my life. Everything about him makes..."
Date: July 4, 2016
"I had been going out with my boyfriend for over a year when I found out I was pregnant. I did the test and it came back positive. Straight away I got so excited! My boyfriend was out working late, and I asked him to come home. I ended up telling him over the phone and straight away he told me to make an appointment at the doctor’s to get rid of the baby. He had a little boy himself from a..."
Date: June 23, 2016
"I had just entered into university, but I had not yet reached eighteen at the time. I was excited about having entered into the school of my choice. I guess I was so excited to be out of my parents’ hold that I threw caution into the wind. I decided to have a friend with benefits. We got tangled up so deep that at some point, we started having raw sex—when we were high on drugs. And then the..."
Date: June 22, 2016
"I had my abortion two and a half weeks ago at 18 years old. The father was a guy I spent some time with after my break up with the love of my life, who I was with for four years. I had just gotten back together with him when I found out I was pregnant. The father said he wanted to be there, but did nothing to help me. He was too jealous that I was back with my ex and lost sight of what was..."
Date: June 2, 2016
"I remember the exact time that I got pregnant, partially because I use a period tracker and keep track of when I’m sexually active. I really remember the day, because we were having unprotected sex, and gambling with our freedom as adults, but didn't plan on being so caught up in the moment. I went on over the next few weeks, pushing that night to the back of mind, and just praying my period..."
Location: New York
Date: May 25, 2016
"It has been eight weeks since my abortion. I fell pregnant at the age of 16. When my pregnancy test came up positive, I did not really know what to think. I knew my family was not going to take it well, but at the same time, I knew that I wanted to keep my baby. At the time I found out, my mum and dad were away on a holiday so I kept it to myself. The day after I found out I was pregnant, I..."
Date: May 25, 2016
"I had an abortion when I was about 25. I remember when I found out I was pregnant; it was a world of mixed emotions. I wasn't sure what to do since the guy that I had been dating was abusive. He actually tried to kill me by choking me. I had thought about keeping the baby and going through with the pregnancy, but after thinking more and more into this, I called and made the appointment to have..."
Location: Birmingham, AL
Date: May 23, 2016
"My life felt perfect. After several failed relationships, I felt I had finally found “the one.” I was madly in love, had a successful, well-paying career, a loving family, and wonderful friends. He told me if I ever became pregnant, everything would be okay. I trusted him; I trusted myself. I knew almost immediately. I was cooking dinner and an overwhelming feeling of nausea hit me. In an effort..."
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Date: May 12, 2016
"I hope I can change someone else’s mind. Last year I got news that I would have an opportunity to work abroad and make good money. I was all for that, but worried about getting pregnant before I left. I wanted to move as soon as I could, but I had to wait. I knew the longer it took, the greater chance I had, even though at that time I was single. It’s like I foresaw my future, and my fear got..."
Date: May 11, 2016