Unsolicited, personal testimonies from parents who decided against abortion.
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I was 19 when I met my now ex-husband. To be honest, I should have never been with him in the first place, much less married him. But that's all water under the bridge. We were married for about five months when I started to not feel quite right. It was mid January. The only explanation I could think of was that I was pregnant. We were pretty poor at that time. I was the only one with a steady...
Location: Richmond, VA
Date: February 28, 2015
About eight years ago I befriended a person who wasn’t really a great friend, but for whatever reason, I felt the need to be there for her. For four years we were inseparable. I was there for her when she fell for the wrong guy and was hurt by him. I was there for her when her “best friend” stabbed her in the back. When the power was turned off at her house and her mother left her there alone, we...
Date: November 19, 2014
When I found out I was pregnant, it didn't really hit me entirely. I had already suspected for about a week, but I refused to get nervous until I took the test. My boyfriend was out in the living room talking to our roommate, and so I just walked to our room—unsure how to get his attention. I sat on the bed alone, just looking at the test. Only six months before, I had faced a similar experience....
Date: November 19, 2014
I have never had an abortion—but I survived one. The product of a tumultuous and abusive teen marriage, neither of my parents wanted me. My mother had had at least one other abortion prior to her becoming pregnant with me. She'd terminated that pregnancy in part because she had been impregnated through spousal rape, and in part because my father had apparently shot up with meth, gone on a rampage...
Date: August 9, 2014
I was 22 when I was surprised with an unplanned pregnancy. I was not married to the child's father nor was I financially stable enough to raise a child. I called and made an appointment for an abortion the day after my pregnancy was confirmed. The day I was supposed to get the abortion would end up being the weirdest day of my life. My best friend drove me to the clinic. I sat in the waiting area...
Location: Spring Lake, NC
Date: May 9, 2014
My story began a long time ago, but I'll start with what happened today. I had booked an appointment to get an abortion. I knew that having one would have been the easiest route in continuing with my life. I had no support from the sperm donor, as he had another family. It was a complete mistake on my part. I went into my appointment already a single mother of a beautiful, two-year-old girl. Her...
Date: December 18, 2013
I was 19 years old and in the Navy when I married my first husband. Five months later I became pregnant. By that time I was in a military hospital psyche ward. My marriage was so unstable and I was so depressed I had tried to take my life. My husband was extremely immature, drinking, fighting, pot smoking, drug using party boy who could not get a job, or keep one for more than a week or two. He'd...
Date: September 12, 2013
I wrote last year; my story was posted on July 1st 2012. At that moment, I was very scared and depressed because I was thinking about not keeping my baby, since its father was not going to help me at all, and he kept trying to convince me to get rid of it, but I finally decided to keep my baby. By the 5th month, I had complications and i almost lost it. After that, my pregnancy went really well....
Date: April 24, 2013
I was born in 1973. I was my mom's second child; she was 17 at the time. With her first pregnancy, her parents made her get an abortion. She was six months along. It was a saline abortion. She had to deliver a dead, burned baby. Not too much time went b,y and she was pregnant with me. She only gained 10 pounds during the pregnancy and didn't tell anyone except her brother and his wife about it. I...
Location: Idaho, USA
Date: February 11, 2013
I was raped by a stranger and was in a crisis pregnancy in 2006. I thought I would consider abortion even though I had always been pro-life and was raised Christian with the idea that abortion was wrong. But I didn't know what to do. I was so lost and scared. There was always the exception of rape and incest in everyones mind that I talked to. When I went into the abortion clinic parking lot...
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Date: November 16, 2012
In 2008, I was a female Marine in Okinawa, JP. My boyfriend of 6 months was also a Marine. He outranked me so our relationship was kept in secret. We were sexually active and never used protection. We were carefree and stupid. I was the naive type. "He's the one, he told me he LOVES me." Well, long story short, I went to medical on base because I wasn't feeling well. The Naval doctor ordered me...
Location: North Carolina
Date: September 19, 2012
My son is now about 4 1/2 months old now, and I would never [give him up for] anything… [My boyfriend and I have] been together for about 4 years. I was on vacation when I think we conceived, [because] I ran out of my birth control. He was in the process of moving away and living his dream to play in a metal band; he was only living 2 hours away, which isn't that far. I was alone when I look my...
Date: September 1, 2012
When I was 17, I remember telling my Mum that there was no way I was going to have children. For some reason, little children and babies gravitated toward me all the time, I could never understand why, as I had no desire to have anything to do with them. Little did I know that a few months down the track I would fall pregnant. I was in a short-term relationship with someone who I really didn’t...
Date: August 22, 2012
I always grew up thinking I was pro-choice, and I always have relied on science to solve life's little mysteries. This was of course until July of 2009 when my life completely was turned upside down (or maybe it was right side up). I was a cashier working about 28 hours a week, making minimum wage, and living with my boyfriend and his brother. Then it dawned on me, "hmmm, I don't remember having...
Date: July 30, 2012
Twenty-four years ago, He and She got earth shattering news. This young couple, He in college, and She struggling with drugs and alcohol, had become pregnant. This was not the ideal situation for a child to come into. The relationship was already starting to fracture. An abortion would be the simplest answer. The problem would be gone. He and She could forget the incident. He could finish his...
Location: Spencer, Iowa
Date: April 24, 2012