Personal testimonies from women (and men) who have gone through an abortion.
The 813 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.
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"I had only been dating my boyfriend for six months when I got pregnant. I was 23; he was 26. He was the first and only person I had ever been with, and our relationship was very unhealthy and toxic. I never once considered abortion. it was never an option for me. I value life, every life, and think even if someone’s life is difficult and fraught with hardship it is immeasurable in value. My…"
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Date: August 9, 2023
"I had an abortion 34 years ago. I did struggle with it from time to time, but it seemed after the years had passed that it didn’t really bother me anymore. What the mind forgets, the heart holds onto. Little did I know there would come a time when it would hit me like a ton of bricks. I was 18 at the time I had the abortion. Dumped by my abusive boyfriend, I moved out of my hometown to another…"
Date: June 21, 2023
"It's been a little over two years since my abortion. I still think about it every day. I didn't know what to do, so my boyfriend made the decision for me. It was the biggest mistake of my life."
Date: May 16, 2023
"I am a fifteen year old girl and found out I was pregnant during school. Seeing my ex-boyfriend that same day and not having the guts to tell him genuinely killed me inside. He found out and was nice about it until I told him I wanted to keep it. He shunned me for it and told me he ‘wasn't ready,’ although he'd also told me to come off the pill as he wanted me to have his baby. So I got the…"
Date: May 13, 2023
"HAVE YOUR BABY. If you are pregnant, IT IS MEANT TO BE. I got pregnant for the first time at 30 by a man who was the worst, just a total jerk--a guy I knew if I had my baby with would tell my kid terrible things about me. That is why I got an abortion, because I couldn't stand a lifetime link to that man. But the reality is you can raise your child to be a good person. With the love you provide…"
Location: Los Angeles
Date: April 7, 2023
"I lived in Cuba when I began having sex at the age of 15. My first abortion was at that same age, and it was a horrifying experience. I was supposedly 12-14 weeks pregnant. They called it menstrual regulation. It's nothing more than a vacuum that sucks the babies out and it's all supposed to end in about 15-20 minutes but that did not happen. Removing details of horrific pain and all the drama…"
Location: Kearny, NJ
Date: February 24, 2023
"I'm still grieving. I miss my baby in heaven. My advice to all the people out there who’ve been thinking of doing the abortion: please don't do it. It will haunt you. I miss my miracle baby every day. I'm so sorry mommy could not protect you. Mommy wasn't ready during that time, so I told your papa, but he said he wasn't ready. If I knew that your papa wouldd leave me 15 days after my abortion…"
Date: February 13, 2023
"I am a 16 year old girl. Words cannot describe the pain I went through as I did the abortion. I never wanted to do the abortion, but I was coerced into doing it by my ex-boyfriend who afterwards turned his back on me, disgusted that I killed his baby. I wanted to keep my baby, even though I knew it would've broken my mother's heart. To anyone who reads this, don't be coerced into doing something…"
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Date: December 3, 2022
"Growing up, I always wanted a family of my own—to be a mother was all I hoped for. But I was only 22 when the pregnancy test came back positive. I was scared but excited. The guy I’d been with for over a year already had a kid. The thing that scared me the most was that his child was being raised by his mother and thought her grandma was her mother. She thought her father was her brother.…"
Date: September 12, 2022
"I found out I was pregnant in my last year of high school—when I was 16. I missed my period and started having morning sickness. My breasts were also really sensitive, and I was feeling nauseous at weird times. I had told one of my closest friends that I might be pregnant so she offered to come with me to the nurse’s office. We walked in and the nurse instantly knew why we were in there.…"
Location: Wellington, NZ
Date: August 8, 2022
"My home life was filled with abuse and trauma. I was looking for love and acceptance. I could not find it at home, so I turned to a guy to provide what I thought was love and care. In reality, it was abuse and manipulation. I had just turned eighteen years old, became pregnant, and was in my senior year of high school. I knew I was pregnant before I missed my period because something felt different.…"
Date: August 4, 2022
"One of the worst days of my life and I still don’t have a handle on it. Two weeks before, I’d just started dating my boyfriend and a week later, I found out I was about 3-months pregnant. So, no, it was not his but someone else’s. This made me feel so disgusted and disappointed in myself. My boyfriend was very understanding and loving and said he is with me whatever choice I make. I made…"
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: August 1, 2022
"I was 36 and in a complicated relationship. It was an "unprotected accident." I wanted to keep it. So bad. I loved my boyfriend-at-the-time so much. Though not planned, I decided to have it. I told him after his unfunny "are you sure it's mine" joke. He then proceeded to bully me into why I needed to abort. And when I say bully, I mean gaslighting, berating me, belittling me. He told me how it…"
Location: New York, NY
Date: July 30, 2022
"I was 16 the first time I had an abortion. It's been 20 years and has taken me 19 years to talk about it. I wish I could say I learned from my mistake the first time, but I was so young and naive that I didn't realize what emotional effects that first abortion had on me—so I had another one when I was 19. I'll start with the first. I was 16; my father who I lived with at the time gave me one…"
Date: July 4, 2022
"Last November, I was barely 25 and found out I was pregnant. I was still in school, working long hours with little pay and no benefits. I was living in my parents’ home to save money while they were working away. I was in an on-and-off relationship for three years. He’s the only man I’ve ever been with. I was struggling with birth control and so had stopped using it right before I conceived.…"
Date: June 21, 2022