17

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Wasn’t the wrong or right choice for me

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Gratitude and relief

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Some of us feel heavy hearted, and that’s a surprise.

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Me and my spouse have no regrets but we do think about how old that fetus would be now and what our life would have looked...

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With love

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I see my abortion as an act of love

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It broke me but I did the right thing.

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Trust your instincts.

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I’m religious so I didn’t know if this was a sign from God that everything was okay or if I should turn back.

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A solider’s illegal overseas abortion

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I have never felt so many feelings at once, so many feelings it left me numb.

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First Act

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It’s hard mourning the loss of someone you can’t really tell people about.

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My abortion and me

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My mom and I have both had abortions

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It gets better.

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Thank you, Abortion.

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Thank you to that doctor

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A friend had told me: if this was a dream and you would wake up, would you want it to be true?

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I wanted to hold him in my arms more than anything‑ but I couldn’t risk him being in pain. 

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Today would have been my due date

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Far from Home

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My abortion made it so I was able to be there for my little family, hopefully for many more years to come.

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If I get the choice, everyone else should

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Had to do what I VIEWED AS THE RIGHT DECISION

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I had an abortion today. And I do not regret having an abortion.

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Trusting myself

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3 kids and married, still had an abortion today

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I already had two kids to raise

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I feel proud of myself

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We asked his soul to move to someone desperately seeking a child and find us when we're ready...

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TFMR in Michigan 2022

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Life saving

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There’s no right way to feel

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Will love and mourn forever what should’ve been

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I believe having that abortion was a blessing in disguise.

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Both my grandmothers had abortions.

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The best decision of my life.

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No shame, no guilt, no trauma.

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At Peace

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I made a choice that I believe both my grandma and mother desperately wanted access to when they found out they were pregnant

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Lingering pain

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Right place but not the right time

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I feel more like myself

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Pros and Cons

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One thing that stood out to me most right after having the abortion was how simple it was.

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My Abortion Saved Me

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41, married with 2 kids

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Some people are just not meant to be mothers…

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that is what choice is and that is what choice means and I refuse to feel shame.

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An easy decision

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New Plan‑ Abortion!

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I am glad that both of us were able to get the procedure when we needed it, but I wish everyone could have my experience instead...

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‘Have you decided where you will deliver?’

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My body didn't even feel like my own anymore. It felt like I had to walk around with a ticking time bomb in me.

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The Right Choice for Me

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Getting an abortion meant I would not be forever tied to my abuser

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Abortion affects

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Non‑Horror Abortion Story

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16–Scared and Pregnant

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I couldn’t carry this baby. It just wouldn’t be fair to myself and my family, but most of all my children.

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Even if he came through for me, he didn’t do the same for her

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My abortion

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My body my choice

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Abortions Can Save People in Non‑medical Ways

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I never think about my abortion.

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Trusting the wrong guy

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Finding a voice

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Well, shit.

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Judicial Bypass as a Sophomore

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It Shouldn’t be Like This

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My mother fiercely protected me from the invasive protestors. She is my hero.

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I want to share my story, not only to raise awareness on HG but to provide another perspective to those going through it.

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I had made a truly irreversible decision that changed the course of my life forever.

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A Simple Decision

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My story isn’t glamorous or exciting

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I never got to grieve in the way that I would have liked to be able to.

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I Had to Abort Two Babies to Save A Third

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The isolation is hard to put into words: We got there together, but I was in it alone.

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I got pregnant on birth control

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My boyfriend left me in the planned parenthood waiting room

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I did have a home. I did have an income. And I could raise a child. But I didn’t want that then.

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All abortion is, in some way, to save the life of the mother. 

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I will never know if my decision was really mine because I didn’t have the information I really needed

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“I hope it’s not viable”

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My grandmother’s abortion

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I put me first, it hurts, but I’m glad.

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only because of my earlier decision were we able to create a thriving, healthy, happy family of four

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Abortion number three, the hardest for me

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My IUD and Being the 1%.

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Broken Warrior

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A Change of Heart

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Decision

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There are countless health issues that arise during a pregnancy that constitute medically necessary grounds for terminating a pregnancy

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There is nothing to be ashamed of

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Abortion shouldn’t be shamed, we need to stick together and be able to talk about it.

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I think I wanted to be a mother more than I wanted a baby

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I thought all I would feel is relief. But I feel sadness too.

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2 years later and I still miss you

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2 years later, as I write

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Never Thought It Would Happen To Me

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Prior to this, I often would say that I was pro‑choice but it was not a choice I could make.

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For the longest time, I felt like I didn’t deserve to mourn you, because I made that choice.

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Intuition? Happily married, in my early 30s and I want kids but something felt off.

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I begged him to pay for the majority of the abortion and held my tongue at all the horrible things I really wanted to say

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My Future First

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I've seen a lot of things, but I saw the best and worst of humanity that week and I am not the same because of it.

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A FUNDAMENTAL LIBERTY

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Eight Months Pregnant

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I’ve had an abortion and I don’t regret it

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The choice that everyone needs

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My abortion allowed me to become me.

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Experiencing abortion… twice

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Hi America, This is your kid’s teacher speaking.

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I believe no one should be forced to birth a child that they don’t want or aren’t prepared to care for.

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My Story

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I wanted my baby.

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I wouldn’t be the mother I am today

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I did a “funeral” to let it go

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I’m sorry

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Shame works like a self imposed gag order. 

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A Very Detailed Account Of An At‑Home Abortion

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Turns out they weren’t even licensed, and they lied to me about how far I was.

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It was the hardest decision I will ever have to make

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I have discovered that if all this played out again I would have made the same choice.

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I don’t regret the abortion at all

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Condom Nazi

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But I Took My Birth Control Pills…

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Babies cost money

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My abortion story

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7 valentines days ago

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My abortion has allowed me to feel like a whole person again.

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I broke my family cycle and had an abortion.

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I was 15 he was 38

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No one’s business

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Best Thing I Ever Did

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Sawyer’s Story – My Elective Late Term Abortion

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My baby boy

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Isolated in Pregnancy

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A distant, not so distant winter memory

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Abortion Saves Lives

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My favourite “what if”

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I knew why I was doing it and I knew I felt no connection to the blur of cells on the screen.

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My Abortion Saved Me From A Mental Collapse

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It wasn’t time

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My convenient abortion

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Choosing myself is not selfish

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Twice

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I remember when I gave the note to my gym teacher...she was angry at me and I got angry right back and said to mind her...

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I got pregnant while using birth control

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I was 19 and not ready

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I’ve never regretted my abortion

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I needed a hip replacement if I were to walk again. They also informed me that hip replacement surgery could not be done while pregnant.

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70 Years Old Now

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It was not difficult for me

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Protecting both of us

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I didn’t want a baby at that moment

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I had an abortion at 19

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The world

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Purity culture made me believe that my body was not my own.

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A kid with a kid

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it took this experience to open our eyes to the fact that we weren’t in fact ready emotionally or financially

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Even in great circumstances, you can still not want children

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Abortion Is A Human Right That Everyone Deserves

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I have always been thankful for that compassionate doctor.

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My choice to make

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Abortion Saved My Life

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My Story

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Maybe someday I will whisper it…

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I am thankful for my abortions

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I love being a mother and I got to decide when I became one

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My abortion gave me the chance to practice self‑love and begin recovery

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You Were By My Side

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I did choose life. I chose my own. I chose to put myself first.

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My Story

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We deserve our right to decide

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I wish someone had been there for me

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The most basic gift we can give children is to be wanted and loved. Every child should have that starting out.

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My abortion saved my life.

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It’s just not time yet

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Tiny Strings and A Bad Decision

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My abortion

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I graduated college the day before

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I was 22.

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I only see us when I close my eyes and that’s okay

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My abortion

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First sex in 2 years got me pregnant.

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Ready when I was adult enough

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Fuck CPCs

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I had multiple abortions and don’t regret them

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Guilty and grateful

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No Regrets

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In order to prevent sepsis and preserve my fertility for future babies I would need to have a therapeutic abortion.

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A different take

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Not being trapped.

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Carrying the pregnancy full term meant that I would be taken off my medication

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My journey

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At The End Of The Day, I Could Not Emotionally Provide A Healthy Environment For A Child To Grow Up In

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i realized that i wasn’t special, or alone. that amazing people make this choice every day.

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to my surprise the whole experience felt like bad period cramps...

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I was in an abusive marriage.

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I had to put myself first

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My abortion was essential to my health and well being and I am the only human on earth that decides that.

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It still hurts sometimes…

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Supreme Court‑ You have NO right to make bodily decisions for me!

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The worst timing EVER!

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My Abortions Saved Me

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The physician who cared for me held the space for my grief and pain, supporting one of the most difficult times of my life.

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He said it wouldn’t happen

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My abortion experience

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Which way honey?

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I am not a mother.

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I’m Alive Because of Abortion Access

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Abortion

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Two generations of abortion

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Trying to have a child

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The trauma

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Looking back before Roe vs Wade

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“You left me.”

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I’m not upset with my choice of getting an abortion, I’m upset that my first time being pregnant wasn’t the blissful memory I thought it would...

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Secrets

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An already extremely difficult situation

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I walked out with no bleeding, no discomfort and with a huge weight lifted off of me

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There was no one to offer me the simple tool of pills to end my trauma.

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I made a choice

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It’s not always easy

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My abortion at 20 weeks pregnant

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I grieve every day, but I also realize why it was for the best every day.

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9 months postpartum and our second unplanned pregnancy

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The right decision

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I didn't have enough money to care for myself, let alone a baby.

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It shouldn’t have been such an issue to get healthcare.

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Thankful for PP

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Doing everything right, but it still goes wrong

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I finally decided to take my own choice

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I learned later that antibiotics for strep throat weakened my Birth Control although no one told me that was possible.

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March 2020

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You can feel relief and sadness at the same time

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I didn’t want a baby and definitely not with that guy

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Grateful for freedom

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Through the ages

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I am with all of you, near in far, in this eternal sisterhood.

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My first reaction was happiness because I had the right intuition and because my body was able to create a human being...

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I aborted two wanted pregnancies

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3rd time’s a charm

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I wish everyone’s experience could be like mine

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Cancer & Abortion

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20 weeks at 20

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My Story

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It was so appalling to get no support whatsoever from anyone, even from medical professionals.

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I had to choose to take care of myself

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You can feel both sad and relived.

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I wasn’t ready still at 27

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I got a tattoo to remember what I lost but also to help me cope and forgive myself.

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SYA

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I helped a family member jump state lines for accessible abortion

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What a time to be alive man

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A year later

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He manipulated me by saying that if I got rid of the pregnancy that he would stay and love me

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My Abortion

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Today is the day I saw my worth

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The day we had pancakes for dinner

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My abortion saved my life

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Losing a child whilst you’re still a child.

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My 2 Abortions

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Shameless

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I wish I didn’t feel like such a bad person for wanting to go through an abortion this far along.

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I feel a sense of loss for the baby I will never have, even though I didn’t want a fourth child.

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I had my second abortion yesterday. I had my first abortion 8 months ago.

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After already having 3 littles, I had an abortion

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My surgical abortion experience

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My abortion did not trigger my mental health decline, but I think that the experience did.

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Hard Choice Made Simple

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Great decision‑ surgical abortion

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But now I don’t only hear those in need, but I feel them too.

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I felt instant relief after my abortion and no regret!

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6 months postpartum and pregnant again

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I believe I was met with angels that day.

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For myself

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68 year old

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Choosing abortion was a line in the sand in my self‑worth

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Abortion in a foreign country

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Pregnant in Texas

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The Timing Wasn’t Right

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Medical or Surgical? Which do I choose?

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Inviting abuse

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Taboo

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I didn’t choose abortion because I hate babies

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Having both abortions saved my life

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Never thought it would be me

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My experience

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10 years of abuse, two years of recovery

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I was 21, just getting out of an abusive relationship, and nearly 5yrs on HRT as a transmale…when I became pregnant

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I’m a mother and had an abortion

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I did it!

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My body my business.

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Always felt like it was the best choice

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He wanted me to spend the rest of my life coping with the consequences of a choice I didn't get to make for myself?

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Grief and relief

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My Story

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Ohio Fucking Sucks Sometimes.

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My Story

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Zero Regrets!

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We Can’t Go Backward

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I knew I did the right thing, but so many people were trying to persuade me I didn’t. 

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Pregnant Marine

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As a nonbinary person, being pregnant was extremely traumatic physically and emotionally.

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Abortion is Healthcare

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My beautiful snowflake

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I hated every moment I was pregnant.

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My wish is that someday no one is led to parenthood because they simply had no other choice.

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First Abortion (Just Yesterday!)

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I had an abortion at age 42

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Disrupting Intergenerational Dysfunction

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My story my choice

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I felt comforted by the staff and even the other women who were waiting with me. I realized that abortion is normal and I was not...

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I did right by my son and myself.

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My Boring Abortion Story

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That abortion wasn't just about me, it was about my family.

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Don’t call me a victim of abortion.

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I took control of my future

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I believe my daughter will wait for me

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I thank God for abortion and for the choice I was able to make to stop my child's suffering and also to make the right choice...

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My Story

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2 in three months

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My circumstances were ideal. I still wanted an abortion.

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Abortion is normal

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Winter solstice

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No one ever talks about the nuance of emotion that comes with abortion. 

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Medical abortion, alone

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I wanted more for me.

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The right decision for me

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Anytime we would argue or fight, which was even more constant, he would hold my abortion over my head.

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One baby. One abortion.

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I chose to terminate to end my hyperemesis gravidarum

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 I came out of the surgery and was hit with a wave of gratitude and pure happiness.

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Sad but right!

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I knew having an abortion was the only way to make things right, but I still felt shame.

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The life I built.

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Abortion IS necessary

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30yo, 3rd Abortion, Still Not Ready

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My abortions made me a better mother.

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Never Sorry About my Abortion

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I had 4 abortions

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Too much too soon

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Not the right time. Or place. Or man.

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I felt shame for thirty years. I absorbed the message that it was my fault I’d gotten pregnant.

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Caught Between a Rock & a Hard Place

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Abortion is a part of life

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I’m a happily married mother of 3 and I had an abortion.

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It’s okay

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I wanted to be a mother but not with him

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The only thing I ever felt about the abortion was relief.

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It Wasn’t Difficult For Me

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I cannot and do not want to imagine my life if I was unable to access that crucial medical care.

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Intense Relief

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For the first time in a long time, I experienced the feeling of hope. 

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Feel alone with my experience

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At a time when I needed love and support, all I felt was anger and loneliness.

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Thankful for my abortions, thankful for my son

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I don't feel guilty in the slightest.

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Abortions in college

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Young and Unprepared

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I got the chance to live and do what I want to do to make my future better.

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Lost young woman

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Not all aborted pregnancies were unwanted pregnancies

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I was surrounded by people, but yet so alone

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Immediately I felt better

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We had three abortions; now we have four children.

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Thank You For Choosing Life

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My abortion is a part of my spiritual journey

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Abortion saved my life.

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I didn’t want to carry a pregnancy, so I didn’t. End of story.

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9 months ago I had my abortion

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My abortion allowed me to safely leave my toxic marriage

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I always knew how to be responsible

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The most selfless decision I have ever made

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The fact is, IT IS NORMAL TO NEED MORE THAN ONE ABORTION.

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I made the right choice

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I didn’t want to bring another child of his into this world that he didn’t support

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My story

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Abortion Saved My Life

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My abortion cost me my job, but I wouldn’t change a thing

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 I didn’t have to force myself to do something I knew deep down I didn’t want to be doing.

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I made the right choice

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a child that came from abuse that would forever tie me to my abuser

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Not ready

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As soon as I saw the positive test I knew this was what I wanted.

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My husband and I are pro‑choice BECAUSE of our faith

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I was the preacher’s daughter, and I had an abortion.

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I always thought I would feel joy, and jubilation, but for some reason I just didn't.

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Medical cause 2nd trimester

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TFMR

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You have nothing to feel shame about. You have nothing to apologize for.

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Worth the wait

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Abortion is a human right

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I didn’t want a child, and that’s okay too.

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I decided to share my story because reading others' stories here gave me strength when I was making my own decision.

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Adoptees aren’t poster children for the anti‑choice movement

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“Silence is the enemy of democracy: Taking the stigma out of abortion”

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Scared

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I have no regrets..

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My abortion story

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You have to love yourself first.

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Best decision I ever made.

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My abortion made me happy

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Abortion as a Division I college athlete

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I shout of others.

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Loss

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My Abortion

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Quick Abortion Story

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Having a baby in my arms throughout it all, has been the hardest and most hurting part.

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23 weeks

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My Story

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Waiting for the right man to make his move.

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Such guilty relief

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2 medical abortions, 2 different experiences

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To me, the abortion was a wake‑up call. For my life!

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To this day, my SO and I have frequent conversations on reproductive rights, mental health, and bodily autonomy.

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First Pregnancy, First Abortion

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Currently Pregnant, Have Never Regretted My Abortion

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I chose to save my own life and I’ve never regretted it.

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My abortion

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Freedom and Relief!!

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Hard Decision

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I Have Had Three

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Found out at 10 weeks

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A Pivotal Decision

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I’ve had 3 abortions and I’m done staying quiet about them

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I am happier and proud of ME

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2020 Abortion

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through the process of the abortions, I learned that “everything happens for a reason” can mean many things. 

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My little sesame seed

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I am a pastor who had an abortion.

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Young Derry girl

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I got an abortion…

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It is okay.

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Right for us

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I feel empowered

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I thought my life was over.

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Support

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I found it extremely hard to let go afterwards. I followed a pregnancy tracking app and would check it weekly

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It made me feel better to see other women my age there too, going through the exact same motions as me.

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Healing and distance

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From a mum of 2 young children

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All I was thinking was, “I can’t be pregnant again! I JUST had a baby! I can’t do this.”

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The best choice for me

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The best way to deal with any kind of change is to embrace it.

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I felt empowered and free afterwards….to give myself and any future children I did have, a chance, a decent chance at life.

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I’m not healed‑ How can I do this?

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I am currently in a country where abortion is illegal except in the case of the mother's life being at risk

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Each one different

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“Golden” Anniversary

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Some of the most compassionate healthcare providers I’ve ever interacted with were at that clinic.

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I had no other choice, it was my last attempt to protect my son

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I just want to say that you are strong and you should not feel ashamed for your decision

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Grateful

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Untitled

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It’s not my second pregnancy.

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17 weeks

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Peri‑natal depression

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It’s been 1 year

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After realizing he couldn't manipulate me with shame and guilt, he proceeded to victimize himself and say how hard this was for him...

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I believe she or he is at a better place than here. 

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...like a beacon of light in the dark, she made me feel like I wasn’t stupid, or alone.

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Abortion isn’t for people like you.

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My Proudest Achievement

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I still felt guilty despite knowing it was right

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Choosing the “unfathomable”

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Abortion Saved My Life

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My story

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I had never thought twice about having children

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My abortion.

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I am not weak. I am strong.

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My Truth

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Abortion saved me a life of misery

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The Most Selfless Act I Have Ever Committed

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Don’t want to be a mother

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It’s Easier This Evening Than It Was Last Night

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This is my story

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I am a mom of 2, and our family wasn’t ready for another baby

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Less of a Mother

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Getting an abortion in Canada in 1987

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My story

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Mom of 2 and didn’t want another child

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The main qualms I felt were about having no qualms

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You are worthy.

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Abortion as Inspiration

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I was scared.. but, I know it was for the better. I’m only 23 and can’t handle two alone.

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Getting back control

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I was beginning to be able to look at my abortion less with regret and more from what it taught me.

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I feel so much guilt for this because I want to be a mom so bad. But I know the time isn’t right.

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Pregnant at 19

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Mums have abortions too

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Grief, because even though I didn’t want this, I somehow still feel love and respect for what could have been.

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Easier said than done right?

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I want to be available as the help I needed during this time for anyone else going through the same situation.

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My dark secret

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I got an abortion because my babies needed me to be mentally sane and present more than they needed another sibling

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Hard choice still can have pain

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No Hesitation

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A joke gone wrong.

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My abortion

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Never a doubt

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I wish people acknowledged the emotional toll it takes on us, and didn't jump to assuming that the emotion is regret, because it isn't.

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My demon and I

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My story

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Forgiveness

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My 2nd of 2 Abortions

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My first of 2 abortions

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17

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I definitely have days where I am more upset about it, but definitely better than I was

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My Abortion Story

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I need to be realistic, as hard as it is. 

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Pregnant at 19

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Every single day

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I had one of those “bad” abortions

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We had literally had sex ONE TIME the previous month.

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2nd Trimester Abortion

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My story

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Abortion #2 was hard

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My little one

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Options

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Infertility, IVF babies, then this…

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My Story

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I’ve always wanted this, but now that I have it I don’t want it anymore.

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I feel like I’m so brave to do what I did.

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My story

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...deep down I was terrified of my ex becoming a parent

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Abortion and Motherhood

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Escape

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Thankful

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Married Mothers Have Abortions Too

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My Abortion Story

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The Right Decision

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Your body, your decision!

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Two abortions, two experiences.

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Grief and Relief

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No Regret but indeed pain.

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I am sharing because now I am a healthcare worker and I know how vulnerable patients can be sometimes.

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I did talk with a few friends and quickly realized that abortions were way more common than I thought.

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It was a very rough time for me, but I made it through. I volunteered at the clinic as an escort, and that brought me so...

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No Mother’s Day for me just yet. Thanks!

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I am thankful to have had abortions.

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Instantly knew what decision was right for me.

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I’ve never loved myself more.

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Wasn’t bad at all

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Autonomy

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Maybe a Baby

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It’s not any more complicated than that.

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IUD Mishap

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...in life sometimes you’re presented with options that are equally weighing the same and no outcome is better or worse.

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This wasn’t supposed to happen

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Ignorance is bliss

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Trying to reframe things…

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It took awhile to fully heal

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Not everyone feels guilt

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Latinx in Conservative South Texas Gets Abortion

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Relief at terminating a pregnancy at 14 weeks for Fetal abnormality

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This last one was painful.

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When I Am Ready

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Depressed and alone

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My support system meant the world to me. Lean on your village.

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There will come a time where I want to give my body/life to another being but right now I am being selfish.

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At nights I prayed for miscarriage. That sounds awful, but that is how desperate I was.

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The dancer said goodbye

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I kept on going over WHY I didn’t want to continue. What was wrong with me? Why wasn’t I happy?

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I know you’re looking for a positive story!

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Medical Abortion – Don’t listen to the horror stories

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My story

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I made a huge decision at such a young age with virtually no support and not once have I regret it.

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The one, that made sure I knew.

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Now I stand up for them even more.

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I never knew how mentally and physically strong I was until this happened.

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Medical abortion (a positive experience)

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Sometimes I think about how old my child would be now if I kept it, and I can’t remember without doing the math.

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Best decisions I’ve EVER made.

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19 years old, 22 weeks, and terrified.

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I found out that I was pregnant a month after I had finally found the courage to leave a mentally and emotionally abusive situationship

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My boyfriend, on the other hand, told his dad. The dad said I was going to ruin his son’s life.

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It’s been one year

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Fifteen Years Later, Closure

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My Story

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Medical Abortion‑ misoprostol

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To be honest, I forget about it all the time because it was such a mundane, routine act of self care at the moment.

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Don’t be afraid of abortion ♡

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I was 17

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Abortion as a mum with ppd

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The choice of drug addiction

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It Was Complicated

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The grief I’ve been afraid to talk about

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If you’re here to compare reasons to others, I urge you to consider that you don’t need a reason beyond not wanting a baby. 

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The Mom With A Choice

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Am I a selfish monster?

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I’m still scared of having “missed our shot” but from what I can tell, and from what doctors have told me, that isn’t rational thinking.

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I wished every day when I woke up to feel different, to want this baby, but it never happened.

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2 abortions at 17

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38 and married

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It was an eye opening thing that truly changed who I was as a person and the views I had about abortion.

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Pregnant at 16

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As much as I long to be a mother, having a family with a loving supportive partner is my vision.

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I was 15.

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I never in a million years thought this would happen to me, even though I know it can happen to really anybody.

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Grateful for my abortion.

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2nd pregnancy; 1st termination

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Grateful for my abortion

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Safe

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Questions flooded my mind, do I tell him? Does my state even provide abortions? Who can I trust?

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Pregnant for the First Time at Nearly 40!

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No regrets

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It’s not about making the right choice.. It’s about having that choice.

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Prochoice4lyf

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My abortion is why I’m still alive.

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14 and terrified

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I had an abortion and I don’t regret it

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18 years old and 20 weeks pregnant.

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8 weeks.

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I’m searching for empathy to counter my shame and it feels like writing this all down is killing some of that silence and secrecy.

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Courage

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Walk a lifetime in those shoes

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Abortion at 20 yrs and It was less scary than I hyped it up to be.

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ABORTION EXPERIENCE! NOTHING TO BE SCARED OF, BEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE!

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I had an abortion and I’m okay.

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Had an abortion today

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The choice is mine

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17 and two abortions.

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I heard that voice, that inner voice, if I can’t say 100% yes to a baby yet, it's okay to take the pill.

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Luckily, two very influential people in my life have had abortions before me.

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Don’t be afraid to tell people

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I wanted to keep my baby more than anything in the world.

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I never understood what kind of decision it would be. 

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I have always known that I don’t want to be a mother

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A Painful Accident

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Find yourself, invest in yourself, love yourself. Take control of your life.

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What if?

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I'm going back and forth on my decision because I feel like I could honestly handle it now, but still is that the best decision for...

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I can honestly say that this was the most liberation I have felt in a long time.

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I will forever be okay with the choice I am making tomorrow, but that does not mean I am not allowed to grieve it.

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I felt more alone even though I had life growing inside me.

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I knew like no one else can that I had no ability to be a mother as I could hardly function or even think like an...

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I couldn't bring a child into the world that was not wanted by us both. It was not fair to anyone.

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My Body is not Ready

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The gift of an abortion

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I had an abortion and God still loves me.

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Grateful for Abortion

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From “March for Life” to Shouting My Abortion

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Two Souls

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I was shocked because it was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be

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My truth (still explaining myself)

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Non‑binary people have abortions too

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It was in a way refreshing to do this for ME and my existing kids and not have him trying to make the decision for me. 

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I was 14

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25 weeks

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I made myself miserable for an entire week because I was so afraid, but it wasn't worth even a fraction of that fear.

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I worry for my mental health

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All I could think of was my economy

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I guess life has a funny way of teaching you empathy through experience...

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even if it was going against all my family's beliefs I had to do what was best for me.

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Empowered to speak up about my abortion

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I want to share my abortion story so the next person who needs an abortion for genetic reasons won’t feel so alone

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I would have been subject to a 72 hour waiting period, one of the longest in the country, between consulting for and receiving my abortion.

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You’re not alone

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The Secret

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Full circle

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#2 within 10 months

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I had to leave to another state to get a procedure done because my home state made it non‑essential.

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I didn't feel valid in my feelings following the abortion until recently when I began reading other stories online.

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A Secret Meant to Die With Me

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It’ll be okay

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My story

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“You are intelligent and caring which is why you’re here.”

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The Right Choice For Me

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A decade later

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I didn’t want to be a Christmas miracle.

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feeling mostly relieved, but also a bit in awe, just thinking about how I had been on the precipice between two very different lives

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Shame

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The Right Decision, from VERY Early On.

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Married with kids & 40

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I don’t regret my choice

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My Abortion Story

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My mind kept going back and forth between keeping it and not keeping it.

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After it was all over I felt mostly relieved but I still sometimes get this feeling of shame over it.

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A young girl’s story

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Breaking Generational Trauma

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I might be getting my third abortion in a year soon

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Imagining what could have been

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Letting go doesn’t mean I will forget my baby. This experience does not define who I am today.

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Choices and a Support Network

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My abortion

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My body my choice

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I started 2020 wanting a baby and ended it with an abortion

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As I finally remember who I am, and who I was before all of this, I am able to slowly let go of what no longer...

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An easy choice for me

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3 abortions

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The letter R

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A big factor in deciding to terminate was thinking about all of the progress we’ve made as a family.

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I got pregnant at 13

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Have you ever heard of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)? I hadn’t until I experienced my pregnancies.

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I had never knew anyone that had an abortion before. I had heard rumors, but nobody was ever open about it.

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Abortion & Mental Illness

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2 years later‑

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I'd always worried that if I'd become pregnant I'd feel *something* and would have a hard time with the decision.

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Last year

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It hurt

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Abortion story

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Valid

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Your Voices

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Almost a year. My story.

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Abortion

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21

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First time speaking out

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Yet there I was 18 years old and pregnant. I had never felt more alone.

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I wish I could talk about it

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All of my accomplishments I worked very hard for were thrown back in my face for choosing to have an abortion.

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Relief

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Birth control fails

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the feeling of relief overcame me as I stepped out of the room and I finally felt like me again.

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Positive Medical Abortion Story

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Taboo around Abortion is dangerous

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One Year Ago

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I went to the clinic and cried the whole time. I was soo annoyed at myself for putting myself through this AGAIN.

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Fear.

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Just a quick one.

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Shout it Loud

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I was alone. I had to go through with my decision completely alone and scared.

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I felt like I didn’t have a reason which would be strong enough to justify having an abortion.

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I Am Grateful For My Abortions But I Am Scared Of the Future

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My body my choice

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They're testing it to see if there's a reason we had anencephaly other than just bad luck.

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Free & Relieved

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I was shocked to learn that they both had multiple abortions, after completing their family. We are Catholic women!

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Pro‑life realizes abortion is okay

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I had a personal advocate who was with me for my entire appointment and she literally held my hand through it.

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I was not in a position to provide a happy life for my child but I do regret the way I handled the situation.

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No regrets

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Why do some people only consider motherhood as something wanted?

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One kid four abortions

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It’s okay to change your mind

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It’s your life! Not theirs!

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Your choice !!

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Fear. This was the emotion I felt. I was not happy, I was not excited.

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An abortion in this day and age as a 19 year old immigrant

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I’ll be a grandmother in 2021 because of my abortion in 1982

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What A Year

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Birthday present

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Two abortions and a planned pregnancy

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I don’t regret my abortion

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I was sixteen

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So much harder than I thought

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I was 15 and pregnant

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I understand now that abortion is a form of loss for me, and it’s okay to grieve this painful loss.

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I’m ready for my voice to be heard

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Some days are harder than others when I do wonder if they would still love me and treat me the same if they knew.

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Rough but Right

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No Guilt

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Abortion at 17

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My Abortion Saved Me

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The whistle

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The hardest decision I ever had to make

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My name is Lindsay, and I’ve had an abortion.

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My Abortion Saved Me

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I found out on my birthday

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Cold

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I am actually looking forward to the abortion, and thankful to have that right. I do not want to be pregnant.

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I am so lucky.

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Living my life for ME

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I was almost 5 months and didn’t know

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Don’t ever be scared to get an abortion

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I think I mistook my general shock and exasperation at the situation as some kind of sadness at the loss of a baby.

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Hard decisions

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Abortion 20 years ago

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Abortion affirms parenthood

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Better for the “baby”

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Quarantine abortion

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Just Need Time

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Despite the fact that I had been responsibly taking birth control on a daily basis, a small seed of doubt had taken root

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Not Yet Ready

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My abortion saved me.

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I realized I could be in severe physical danger due to the IUD and pregnancy combo.

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I had an abortion

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32, financially secure, in a relationship, just didn’t want a kid!

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It’s okay to not be okay.

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No regrets, Only relief.

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It wasn’t the time for a pregnancy.

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So grateful

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I didn't want to be pregnant and in school and I didn't have to. I'm so thankful I was able to even have the abortion.

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My body my choice

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Crystal’s Abortion at 23 weeks, 5 days

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My abortion guilt

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Alcoholism and My Abortion

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My abortion story (tw ED discussion)

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When I had my abortion, I chose life for myself.

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A mixed bag

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My abortion is scheduled for Thursday

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People decided for me how to act, who to tell, what to do

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Family Struggle

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Conjoined Twins D&E

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My Abortion

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It never truly goes away, but it gets better

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I read stories and stories about people’s experiences, so I wanted to tell mine.

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So grateful

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If anything the experience taught who I can truly depend on and trust. 

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My story

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My story

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2 kids, no situation

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I’ve had two abortions.

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Forgiveness

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I had an abortion two weeks ago, and it was fucking fantastic.

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If you are reading this and you feel like the world (god) is punishing, please don't think that.

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It was something I needed to do however it didn’t make it any less harder for me

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Guilt & Shame with no regrets

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I have absolutely zero regrets about my decision, I do not feel guilty and I hated being pregnant.

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I had two, now can’t conceive, still no regrets

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Scheduled my 3rd abortion

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Me

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I had three abortions

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I am trying to trust my decision

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Is what it is

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“oh, that sucks”

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I never knew the true feeling of love, until you.

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I remember being so incredibly angry that day. I felt cheated by my birth control.

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I got pregnant when I was 17

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A is for Asparagus – Diary of my Abortion

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Medical abortion experience

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It has taught me compassion, sympathy & empathy.

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Content

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Mi vida you deserved better, much better.

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I knew that I didn’t want another baby so close to my other two.

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It wasn’t easy, but I made the best choice for myself.

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2016

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Always have been pro‑choice

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It’s ok not to have a million reasons.

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My choice

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Pregnant by a narcissist

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I sat in a warm recliner watching the price is right with a girl who I befriended next to me

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My abortion

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I’m thankful for my abortion

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Endometriosis, Infertility and Abortion

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To my ladybug, ~365 days later.

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I think it’s too complex to put into black and white terms and say it was right or wrong.

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It’s Been 5 Years & I Still Cry

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I didn’t feel happy, I felt numb. This time around I didn’t feel anything in my heart.

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My abortion

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My Story

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Grief & Relief

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even though my mind was already made up, I was scared because now I really had to do it.

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Abortions and Abusive Relationships

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It Led Me Where I Am Today

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The right choice

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3 before 25

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My Medical Abortion 5 weeks along – at 19 years old

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It was the first time in my life anyone had been kind to me.

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I was from an abusive family and was trying to better myself

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I’m a 21‑year‑old trans male, I had an abortion about 8 months ago.

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My decision that changed my life.

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Abortion is Freedom

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Double Trouble

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It was all surreal and happening too fast to even process any of it. But I knew one fact for sure — I was making the...

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The time I had a quick medical procedure and never thought much about it again

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#shoutyourabortion

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16 Week Surgical Abortion

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Choices

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I don’t think I ever even got her name. 

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I see people justifying their abortions, they shouldn’t have to.

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Second chance

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Because I knew it was right

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38 and married with two kids and had an abortion

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Medical abortion at 5 weeks

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I am incredibly grateful to have been able to make this choice. I do not take it for granted. 

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Having a second abortion

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Conflicted

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I was so afraid the whole experience would make my anxiety worse but it almost proved to me that I’m much stronger than I thought.

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Its okay to take care of yourself.

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Many women confided that they tell others it was a miscarriage for fear of being judged and ridiculed. Why are we made to feel that way?

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I Never Second Guessed Myself!

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My due date was today and I am thankful I made the right choice

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3 by 23

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Grief and relief seemed a contradictory pairing, yet there they were, filling my heart together

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Psych meds & sterilization

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Examining Abortion on a Spectrum of Privilege

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I wish it were easier.

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“Reduction”

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My story

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My medical abortion wasn’t as bad as I expected

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My Abortion

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My abortion story

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A baby is not a bandaid

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It Wasn’t Good Timing For Me or the Baby

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Abortionpalooza | I Had an Abortion & I’m Fine

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The longevity of grief

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Abortionpalooza | Thank God for Abortion

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I don't think I've ever felt so lost, confused, alone, heartbroken or uncertain of what to do.

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I’m 23 and I’ve had 3 abortions already

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Abortion without shame

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Abortionpalooza | Jess Kalup

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I miss you baby alien

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Doing it alone. Me myself and I oh yeah and an abortion

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Abortionpalooza | Ben DeLaCreme

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Abortionpalooza | El Sanchez

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Abortionpalooza | Messages From Your Friends

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They asked if I wanted to see the ultrasound…I laughed…

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Sometimes I feel guilty of how easy the decision was to make.

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Abortion during a pandemic

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Abortionpalooza | by Joelle Nicole Johnson

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I was devastated and felt like I was being victimized for something out of my control.

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Abortionpalooza | Abortion All Around by Cherdonna Shinatra

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Abortionpalooza | Good to Love by Jessa Jordan

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19 needing an abortion.

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Life is still very difficult at the moment, but it does get better.

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being pregnant in a brand new country without a decent cash flow and support from friends and family makes it 100 times harder

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I wasn’t sure if I wanted it

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2 within 1 year

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There is no right way or wrong way to feel about an abortion despite what we are told, my two made me feel completely different

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Support those around you

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An abortion is seldom a stand‑alone event, it represents a lot more than a procedure for every individual

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Grateful

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Relief

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I never thought I would get one myself.

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We don’t know why

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It’s ok to love what could have been

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I had an abortion on my 20th birthday

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Having an abortion when all you want is a baby

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Escape

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Abortion make me the person that I wanted to be

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It is ok to be nervous but do not let your fear and anxiety consume you.

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The Perfect Abortion

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Seven abortions, six Irish people in need, one protest, zero shame

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Unwavering

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I’m really doing this. No running away like I usually do. I’m facing it.

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Birth Trauma = Sheer Terror

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23 and feeling guilty for not being ready

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Medical Abortion at 5 weeks

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I promise it will be okay.

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It is okay to grieve too.

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Relieved

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Seventeen

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Abortion in Italy

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I needed to share my positive experience

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I was 18

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Not My First Abortion: A positive medical abortion story

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I felt so proud of myself for following through with what I knew what was the right decision.

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I Was Set Free

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Permission to Grieve

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It’s only been four hours.

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Abortion allowed my family to exist

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Medical Abortion: The Pill

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Sitting in the grey

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I gotta be honest it was seriously a lot better than I expected

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Ponderings a year since.

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My 2 year old daughter was priority

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Medication Abortion

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Anniversary

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neither one of us was in the mental space to handle a new child when our world was already shaken by a life changing diagnosis.

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Get you a man who actually gives a sh*t about you

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My heartbreaking decision

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Pro lifer has an abortion

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My 20 Week Abortion Story (D&E)

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I regret Nothing

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I didn’t want to let it go

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Three words: You’re not alone.

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It’s been nearly 4 months and I’m finally coping

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Every thing that I learned about abortion was false.

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My abortion in Puerto Rico

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December 5, 2018

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Mom of 2 and Done Having Kids

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This has been hard and not being able to talk about it with anyone other than my boyfriend has been hard.

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What I grieve

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I want to help

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Choosing abortion at 40

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Birthday

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I wanted the baby to be born into the best possible circumstances.

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The right decision can still be devastating

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It’s Beginning to Feel Okay

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A difficult choice for a mother of two.

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My story

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Is it working? lockdown lows…

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“We are never having sex again.”

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It’s a woman’s problem in Australia

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One thing that I learned through this process is that I was strong.

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One abortion non‑surgical at 22 years old

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September

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Moms have abortions too

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Grieving an Unaccepted Loss

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It Happened So Fast

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It doesn’t always have to be this taboo thing…

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All the feels

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No regrets

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“I want it, I do not”

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In my former workplace, a church, abortion was easily talked about as some far‑away concept that only godless sinners would ever consider.

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One day when I woke up, I just knew.

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Read the room, Mother Nature

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Feeling free and safe

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Society scares young girls about pregnancy, it doesn’t educate them.

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My Abortion

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No regrets. My choice.

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I wasn’t ready.

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Brigham Young University Student

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At the time it seemed like it dragged on forever but looking back the whole procedure probably lasted six minutes from start to finish.

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