Abortion Stories (USA)
Personal testimonies from women (and men) who have gone through an abortion.
The 768 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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To learn more about the potential psychological impact of abortion, read "Post-Abortion Syndrome." If you're looking for "positive" abortion stories, read this.
"I am 22 years old. I got an abortion because I was unsure who the father was. It was either my ex-boyfriend or my current boyfriend that is a secret because he is 37 years old with six kids. I was too embarrassed to tell my family about him. I’m so stupid and selfish. I really hate myself for going through with it. I didn’t have any support; I felt so alone."
Location: United States
Date: December 3, 2019
"I know I want a baby. I’ve known I wanted to be a mom for as long as I’ve known that I need to write. As every young girl fantasizes about the different paths her future will take, my dreams have been extravagant and varied. But I’ve always kept one picture that remained clear among the blurry transitions from one milestone to the next. That picture involved a cozy room with the faded colors…"
Location: United States
Date: October 20, 2019
"I want our baby back. The year was 1999; I was 34 years old and married. I don't remember much of anything. All I do remember is letting an older, nameless woman take my baby from me—and not even telling my husband. It went quickly—no complications. I felt like my heart was as hard as stone that day. It stayed that way for a long, long time. I remember the look of bewilderment and…"
Date: December 15, 2014
"I went to the clinic to get more birth control. I had run out and was off for maybe a month. They asked if I wanted to be tested (for pregnancy) and at first I said "no"—being sure I wasn't pregnant. I changed my mind after finding out it would only take a couple minutes. When the nurse came back in and told me I was pregnant, my life instantly felt unreal. I was frozen in shock. For some…"
Date: June 24, 2014
"I had an abortion in high school. I didn't know how to explain how I felt or what I was feeling... Now I explain it as being raped. I took my clothes off, I was put under during the surgery, then I woke up in another bed with my clothes on. Who put my clothes on? Who put me in this bed? What happened during surgery? I was young and didn't ask these questions... I got pregnant from a long-time…"
Date: March 19, 2013
"I'm now a mother of three. I suffered the pain of a miscarriage in 2010, and I have been married since 2005. My abortion was well before I met my husband, 14 years ago. I just couldn't provide the father for that baby that I can for my kids today. My boyfriend at the time was a leech, and I knew I couldn't have a baby with him. But not a month goes by that I don't think about the abortion, or…"
Date: February 22, 2013
"I have had 4 abortions. The first 2 were strongly encouraged by my parents. I was young and so uneducated and naive. My parents wanted this, and I still thought that my parents knew everything at that age. I didn't see anything wrong with doing it because they thought it was OK. I have always worked at getting their approval so it felt right to do what they asked. The last two were of my own…"
Date: April 16, 2012
"I saw an anti-abortion booth at a traveling fair when I was 10. I held onto the little card they gave out of a fetus cartoon with the bubble, " I have rights too!!!" for at least 10 years. It got all dirty and dog-eared, but I kept it. (I threw it out after my abortion.) I was a good Protestant girl from a broken, poor, and dysfunctional family... I ended up 18 in the South with an alcoholic…"
Date: February 2, 2012
"I was 19. Young and scared. I was in an emotionally abusive relationship, and although I was raised to know that abortion was "wrong", I never truly understood why. When I was a senior in high school, I remember writing a short essay about abortion being a "diabolical" act, that no one should EVER take part in. Judgmental? Yep. Until, I became the statistic. When I found out I was pregnant, I…"
Date: December 9, 2011
"I am now 48 years old. In my early 20's I had 3 abortions. These abortions left me in turmoil. It affected every area of my life... Women please don't believe the lie that abortion is quick and easy and will be over and done. It ends life and will forever change yours in horrible ways you never dreamed of."
Date: March 12, 2011
"When I was 25, I found myself in a situation where I began medical school and there was no way that I could have a child that would ruin it for me after I worked so hard to get in. My boyfriend felt that he would never allow anyone who is carrying his child to get an abortion but it is funny how when the situation occurs thoughts change from knowing what is the right thing to do (have the child)…"
Date: February 4, 2011
"When I was sixteen years old I had my first abortion. I was told that it was tissue and the baby had not yet formed. They sat me down in an office with a counselor and she gave me her word that babies do not form until after the three month trimester, she even showed me brochures to back up her statements. They told me it would be, "quick, over in a minute". I would feel nothing and I would be…"
Location: United States
Date: February 2, 2011
"I had been with my boyfriend for 5 years. I had always been careful but then for about 2 months I was having stomach problems – didn't feel well, but in my heart I knew. I was pregnant – I remember the moment my boyfriend checked the pregnancy test. I was so depressed – upset that at this age before I graduated from school that this could happen to me – that after…"
Date: August 23, 2010
"I was a junior in high school and was totally infatuated with this boy, we finally had our first date and I had thought this was the only way to keep him around. It was my first time and the result of that night was: there was no 2nd date and I was pregnant. I just knew I would be disowned from my family, I lived with my grandparents and they were very traditional and this would have been a disgrace…"
Date: May 26, 2010