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.
"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
"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
"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
"Before my abortion, I never expected to deeply regret something I was so sure about, but I do. And it really hurts to see how ignorant, foolish, and naive I was. I was 23 when I went through an abortion on November 9, 1998. I got pregnant from a man I actually loved. I know now that he loved me then, as he wanted me to keep the baby—not because of him or the baby, but because of me. Though…"
Location: Linden, Guyana
Date: August 20, 2018
"Even though I'm now against abortion and oppose its intended legalization—because I've experienced firsthand its disastrous consequences—I hadn't always felt this way. I used to be indifferent on the topic until I happened to have one, coerced. Back in 2001, I was 19 and I had recently entered the university. Life was fine for me, until I got pregnant. I'm not meaning maternity is something…"
Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Date: August 18, 2018
"I am a man, so obviously I'm not the one that aborted in this story. Abortion in my country has been legal since 23 November 1955, when Estonia was part of the Soviet Union. Legislation over abortion was only fine-tuned after the restoration of independence, back in the early 90's. Knowing this, I feel kind of fortunate that I was able to be born, as four of my seven siblings were not that lucky.…"
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Date: August 18, 2018
"My story began 22 years ago when I was a teenager. The person I was with then was the only person I had ever had sex with. I got pregnant within the first month. He was that "bad boy" type which, for some reason, I liked. My periods were not regular so I thought nothing about skipping one month’s period. When the next month came around, I still hadn’t started my period. My grandmother was…"
Location: Altavista, VA
Date: June 20, 2018
"Last year, I got pregnant from someone I loved a lot. And I thought he loved me back, until he pushed me to abort. My baby was 10 weeks and two days old when it died, or better said, I killed it. I thought that heeding my boyfriend would save our relation, but I forgot to consider that he didn't love me as much as I had thought, and dumped me after the abortion. My parents didn't care about me.…"
Location: Paysandú, Uruguay
Date: June 8, 2018
"Abortion became partially legalized in my country last October. I wouldn't have thought I would have an abortion and get away with the crime, not in a country where it was completely illegal. I used to have a "pro-choice" view on this topic, until I had mine—three months ago. I had an abortion at a local hospital, alleging that I was raped. That is one of the few circumstances in Chile which…"
Location: Iquique, Chile
Date: June 8, 2018