Personal testimonies from women (and men) who have gone through an abortion.
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"It was two years ago—25 March 2013—when I decided to have an abortion. I was 9 weeks pregnant. I was more miserable than I have ever been. I was terrified—scared because I was not ready to be a mom. I was only 19. It was my life-long dream to be a mother, and I have been against abortion my whole life. But I did not know what else to do. People begged me not to do it. I had an abortion to escape..."
Location: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Date: May 16, 2015
"I will never forget September 7, 2013—the day I was forced to have an abortion. I found out a month prior that I was pregnant by my (now ex) boyfriend. It was not planned, and the baby was expected to be born on April 27, 2014. We had been dating for three years at the time and were pretty much living together. I was 30 and he was 48. We worked together as well. When I told him, he basically..."
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: May 12, 2015
"It was one year ago today, Mother's Day, that I got pregnant. My due date was Valentine's Day. I stayed pregnant for three months—more miserable than I had ever been. Terrified, scared, and trapped because I did not want a baby. I was 20 and hooked on heroin. It was my life-long dream to be a mother, and I have been against abortion my whole life. But I didn't know what else to do. People begged..."
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: May 11, 2015
"When I found out I was pregnant, on March 16, 2015, I was shocked. I had tried for six years and nothing happened, so I figured I was infertile. Days before I tested positive, I just knew I was pregnant. I was happy and shocked but I never had any support. The man who for six years said he wanted to get me pregnant had a change of heart. He was scared and made sure I went through with an..."
Location: Arleta, CA
Date: May 9, 2015
"I was 16 years old when I found out I was pregnant. My boyfriend at the time supported me, and he told me that whatever decision I made, he'd support me in it. I was crying the entire time, and the only words I could utter were, "I want an abortion.” Being so young, that was the only solution I could think of... Today, I think that maybe I should have thought it through—given it more careful..."
Location: New York
Date: April 21, 2015
"It's been a month since my abortion. When I found out I was pregnant, it was already four weeks in. It devastated me as I'm only 20 and in college. My boyfriend was really supportive and said he would support the baby if I decided to keep it. I didn't know what to do. I can't even support myself, and I couldn't tell my parents. So when I went to see the doctor, the first sentence that came out..."
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: April 20, 2015
"I'm a 21 year-old-mother of a 2 year-old-girl. I had an abortion four years ago. When I found out I was pregnant, I was so scared. I was still in high school. and I thought it would be better to get an abortion. I wish I never did. I remember it like yesterday. I was about 7 weeks pregnant... I think about my child all the time. Every time I look at my daughter, I see her brother or sister and..."
Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Date: April 10, 2015
"I am 24 years old, and I already have two children—ages 1 year and 4 months. I decided abortion would be right for me not only financially but also physically... After my son was born, I was ruled high risk. Before my son came home, after spending 98 days in the NICU, I was already pregnant again... It was a long and hard process to keep baby #2 full term... I finally delivered at 38 weeks, 6..."
Location: Virginia Beach, Va
Date: April 9, 2015
"I found out I was pregnant on December 6, 2014. At first, I was extremely excited after trying with my boyfriend for two months to get pregnant. However, once I told him I was pregnant, the situation changed... He said to me within an hour of finding out I was pregnant that we should abort it... I told my mum who had no emotion at all really. Just like my boyfriend, she was more worried about my..."
Location: London, United Kindgom
Date: March 30, 2015
"I was on Isotretinoin and became pregnant at 23 with my boyfriend—who desperately wanted to have the child. We named him Junior. My boyfriend was physically abusive. There was at least a 30% chance of the child experiencing a severe physical deformity. So, against my lover's wishes, I had a termination. I was certain that I had made the right decision at the time. Three months later, I am so..."
Date: March 24, 2015
"I found out I was pregnant at seven weeks. I was so scared but felt a little warmth in my heart. When I told the father, he ignored me and said I was lying. I could not bear telling my mom, but I knew I had to. Before I told her, I called my doctor to schedule an appointment. I found out I was having twins. One twin measured a little under, and the other twin measured at a rate that worried the..."
Location: New Jersey
Date: March 22, 2015
"I had an abortion last week. I have never been so devastated about anything. The father put a lot of pressure on me, and I caved in. Now I don't think I can live with myself. I feel like a monster. Worse than a monster. I wasn't my biggest fan beforehand, but now I despise myself. How could I do such a thing? How?!
Date: March 21, 2015
"My life was a really poor one. I was born to an alcoholic father. Growing up, I was not really close to my parents since they were busy, and they did not seem to care for me. I dropped out of high school early and ran away from home. I decided to work as a prostitute to make money and support myself. One day while on my job, the pimp had sex with me without protection. I got pregnant. I was so..."
Location: Lafayette, CA
Date: March 16, 2015
"I knew I was pregnant straight away. I could feel it from the start. I was pretty sure I was going to keep it; I was scared but a little excited—until I told the father. He had decided from the start that we should have an abortion. He told me that I was ruining his life and his family’s life. He told me the baby would resent me, and I would never be able to cope. At first, he said he would..."
Date: March 16, 2015
"I had an abortion about a month ago. I wanted to be pregnant. I was happy, but the guy I was seeing was in another relationship and already had three children by three different women. He was with the last child's mother. He didn't even believe in abortion, but I guess for our child, he changed his mind. He wanted me to get an abortion. He was my best friend as well as lover, so losing him by..."
Date: March 15, 2015