Personal testimonies from women (and men) who have gone through an abortion.
The unsolicited abortion stories on these pages have come to Abort73 through our online submission form. Though not all women regret their abortions, these stories demonstrate that countless women do.
"I am 25 years old. I found out I was pregnant on April 29, 2019. At first I was scared but then overwhelmed with joy. I’ve always wanted to be a mother. Unfortunately, I was unemployed at the time, and my boyfriend was working almost 80 hours a week and still not making ends meet. Paying all our or bills was hard on him, so me getting pregnant couldn’t come at a worse time. At first, he told…"
Location: Hammond, IN
Date: June 14, 2019
"I was 19 the first time I got pregnant. The child's father was a one-night stand, so I didn't think twice before having an abortion. I mean, I was young. Abortion is not seen as something bad here in Sweden. In fact, most of the girls consider it another contraceptive. I was ignorant of the life-ruining consequences it has on women, so the normal reaction to an unexpected pregnancy in the context…"
Location: Västerås, Sweden
Date: May 31, 2019
"I was 19 years old when my boyfriend (now husband) and I found out I was pregnant. I had a job and was in college. He was striving to become a firefighter. We didn’t know who to go to, so we went to his parents. They immediately told us to get an abortion. During the next week we went back-and-forth about what to do. We finally decided we would keep the baby. We were so happy and overjoyed.…"
Location: Clovis, CA
Date: May 21, 2019
"I regret it deeply. I wish I could take it back. I had a medical termination at 7 weeks—at home—after falling pregnant with my husband who I have two children with. We live with family, all of us in one bedroom. We have every mean and affordability to move out, however we moved back in with family to save a house. My husband works, and I am a student at college full time. When I found out…"
Date: May 20, 2019
"For the last eight years, I have had an on-and-off relationship with the man I fell pregnant by. This time around, I was 21; he was 23. Our relationship was toxic, and we weren’t really talking when I found out. We were in the process of breaking up. On December 9, 2018, I found out I was pregnant. I was literally a semester away from graduating and my plans were to move away after I graduated.…"
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Date: May 19, 2019
"At the time I was 14. I wanted to grow up. I’d been dating the guy I was seeing for a couple of months, We found out I was pregnant, and he supported me. He told me it was my choice. I wanted to keep the baby even though I was young. I couldn’t fathom an abortion. I went to the doctors and told them I was gonna keep it. The baby didn’t even show up because it was too early. During those…"
Date: May 14, 2019
"My worst regret is an abortion forced on me by everyone around me. My family. My ex-boyfriend. Even my Uncle. When I found out I was pregnant last July, my ex-boyfriend immediately said "abort." What a terrible word and terrible decision. I tried delaying the termination for as long as possible, but my mother was threatening to kick me out of the house. I am a college student graduating this…"
Location: Hamilton, NJ
Date: May 8, 2019
"Raised as a Catholic, I rejected this faith I was raised with in my late teens. I could not reason to the existence of God, and so I denied his/her existence. Reason was my god. I was also ripe for sexuality and the women's movement. I was there at the college clinic getting the pill once it became available. I moved through a series of boyfriends until my mid-twenties, when I moved in with a…"
Date: April 25, 2019
"I thought abortion was a quick fix to my problem—pregnant by a boyfriend that was unfaithful and abusive. I knew I didn’t want to be tied to him for the rest of my life, so I walked into the abortion clinic with a $70 copay supplied by my mother, and walked out with my “problem” behind me. My heart was dead to what I’d just done—until years later when I got married and had my first…"
Date: April 8, 2019
"I was 24 when I found out I was 5-weeks pregnant. My boyfriend was 25; we had barely been together for a year. You would think at that age we would have our live’s figured out, but we didn’t. We still felt we hadn’t lived enough to take on that big commitment. I was about to start a new job with an airline. It had always been a dream to travel the world. I was so excited to start, and I…"
Location: North Carolina
Date: March 21, 2019
"For some reason #ShoutYourAbortion has become a popular hashtag on Twitter and so I decided to join the discussion with my #ShoutYourAbortion REGRET Story!!! Unfortunately, I've had three abortions. REGRET #1: I was engaged at 17, got pregnant, and his mother told me what to do. She didn't ask me/us; she just said, “This is what you will do!” Needless to say, we didn't stay together. I proceeded…"
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: March 19, 2019
"I had two abortions—one at 16 in high school, pressured by the guy and his family. I was scared and embarrassed. I went through it not notifying my family, except for a few. I went through it. Luckily, the first time I didn't feel it. They drugged me. The second time I was 18, working two jobs—in love with the guy but unsure whose child it would be. So I made the decision on my own. I felt…"
Date: March 18, 2019
"I sit here as a new mother still haunted by a decision I made 10 years ago. I don't think about it every day, but today is February 10, 2019, and everyone is talking about the new abortion law that got passed in New York. Again, my secret that I continually try to bury away, is coming around again. Flashback to early this morning, me sobbing on my husband's shoulder while we listen to our pastor…"
Date: February 11, 2019
"I became pregnant at age 15. My parents and I decided on an abortion. The years that followed were riddled with depression, substance abuse, promiscuity and self-hatred. I went on to have four more abortions. They had a compounding effect that was so detrimental to my mental health. I still struggle to this day. I have been in therapy for a good part of my adult life. I feel certain that my poor…"
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: February 1, 2019
"The night I conceived was the last night he spoke to me. I was terrified the day I took the test and saw the positive results. I had no where to turn. I went to a teacher who told me she couldn’t help because it would risk her job. She told me I had to go to my parents, I did and the horrible decision was made. The decision of convenience. The decision to kill my child, my first love. It has…"
Date: January 13, 2019