Personal testimonies from women (and men) who have gone through an abortion.
The unsolicited abortion stories on these pages have come to Abort73 through our online submission form. Though not all women regret their abortions, these stories demonstrate that countless women do.
"Before my abortion, I never expected to deeply regret something I was so sure about, but I do. And it really hurts to see how ignorant, foolish, and naive I was. I was 23 when I went through an abortion on November 9, 1998. I got pregnant from a man I actually loved. I know now that he loved me then, as he wanted me to keep the baby—not because of him or the baby, but because of me. Though…"
Location: Linden, Guyana
Date: August 20, 2018
"Even though I'm now against abortion and oppose its intended legalization—because I've experienced firsthand its disastrous consequences—I hadn't always felt this way. I used to be indifferent on the topic until I happened to have one, coerced. Back in 2001, I was 19 and I had recently entered the university. Life was fine for me, until I got pregnant. I'm not meaning maternity is something…"
Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Date: August 18, 2018
"My story began 22 years ago when I was a teenager. The person I was with then was the only person I had ever had sex with. I got pregnant within the first month. He was that "bad boy" type which, for some reason, I liked. My periods were not regular so I thought nothing about skipping one month’s period. When the next month came around, I still hadn’t started my period. My grandmother was…"
Location: Altavista, VA
Date: June 20, 2018
"Last year, I got pregnant from someone I loved a lot. And I thought he loved me back, until he pushed me to abort. My baby was 10 weeks and two days old when it died, or better said, I killed it. I thought that heeding my boyfriend would save our relation, but I forgot to consider that he didn't love me as much as I had thought, and dumped me after the abortion. My parents didn't care about me.…"
Location: Paysandú, Uruguay
Date: June 8, 2018
"Abortion became partially legalized in my country last October. I wouldn't have thought I would have an abortion and get away with the crime, not in a country where it was completely illegal. I used to have a "pro-choice" view on this topic, until I had mine—three months ago. I had an abortion at a local hospital, alleging that I was raped. That is one of the few circumstances in Chile which…"
Location: Iquique, Chile
Date: June 8, 2018
"I really regret my abortion. I think it was a selfish thing to do, but given my circumstances, I thought I didn't have a better option back then. I don't know how much more I'll be able to stand such a burden. I had an abortion 12 years ago; I was 20 years old. I got pregnant from a guy that loved me so much. I still cry when I remember, but he died in a car accident when the baby was 6 weeks…"
Location: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Date: June 8, 2018
"Before I get started, I feel glad about finding this web site and having the chance to open up. I realize now that I am not the only woman feeling hurt and fooled. Don't get me wrong, seeing other women suffering doesn't make me feel good. I just needed some moral support, which I found in their stories. It's been hard for me to even say anything about it, as I live in a society where abortion…"
Location: Oslo, Norway
Date: June 5, 2018
"Last Friday, May 25th, 2018, most of my people voted to repeal the 8th amendment from our Constitution, and although I did expect that result, I'm still disappointed because they don't know the nefarious consequences it will bring. In the spring of 2013, when I was 19, I got pregnant by my then-boyfriend. He didn't want to have kids then, so he pushed me to go to the UK and get an abortion which,…"
Location: Bray, Ireland
Date: May 29, 2018
"I was recently discharged from a mental hospital. September 2018 will mark two years since the abortion. My panic attacks, my depression, and my anxiety, all stem from this abortion. I tried to kill myself; I gave up. Abortion triggered mania spells that were self harming. I did a lot of stupid stuff—alcohol abuse, drugs, infidelity—all to escape the pain from my abortion. They diagnosed…"
Date: April 24, 2018
"My boyfriend and I were in third year on campus, and I had just lost my virginity with him. I was naive and not really enlightened on the use of contraceptives. It was on my birthday that I had unprotected sex with him. Little did I know I would become pregnant on that same day. A month later, I would be holding a positive pregnancy test. I was in great shock; in fact I was trembling. I didn't…"
Date: April 20, 2018
"Abortion was legalized in my country in 1985. At that time, I wouldn't have thought that some three years later, in 1988, I would have an abortion myself at 17. I really wanted to have that child, but I was a problematic girl and I didn't want my parents to know I was pregnant. But now that I've grown up, I know it was very stupid and irresponsible to do things that way. But I had no support…"
Location: Seville, Spain
Date: April 13, 2018
"I was 20-years-old when I had an abortion back in early 2012. I never thought it would be so bad, or that I would lose most of my friends because of it. At first, I had thought I had done the right thing, and everyone had told me so, but after a while, all of a sudden, I started feeling guilty. That's the moment I realized I had killed my child. I had made that decision out of fear of having…"
Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
Date: March 23, 2018
"This is the first time I’ve opened up about my feelings after having an abortion, and I feel it's time to do so, since in my country the legalization of abortion is being debated and is likely to get legalized, due to the pressure of feminist groups, and because I don't want other girls/women to go through all the pain and sorrow I've been through. For most of my life, I lived in Miami because…"
Location: Mar del Plata, Argentina
Date: March 23, 2018
"July 6th, 1991, is the day that changed my whole life. I still can't believe he convinced me to go through it. I can't believe I was so stupid to stay with him afterwards, and even get married. Not a day has passed me by without thinking about what would've happened if I didn't have the abortion—if I’d saved my child and left my boyfriend. But I was so naïve and loved him so much that I…"
Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Date: March 20, 2018
"It was 1975, two years after our US Supreme Court unleashed the most unrestrained abortion law in the world—legalizing abortion up to the moment of birth. I was in high school; my girlfriend was pregnant and wanted the abortion. I was confused and lacked wisdom. Neither of us imagined what the real life consequences would be, in part because we were scared. It was also because the media and…"
Date: March 16, 2018