Unsolicited, personal testimonies from parents who decided against abortion.
The stories on these pages have come to Abort73 through our online submission form and general emails. Where known, demographic data is included.
"I was young and had everything—a great-paying job and no worries—until I was irresponsible and got my IUD taken out. I didn’t use the pill because I thought I wouldn't get pregnant! I went out a lot, trusted people. I went to a house party with my friend. It was fun until the sun came out. She went to bed with a guy, and I went to sleep down stairs. I knew the guys there; I trusted them.…"
Date: September 30, 2017
"About 58 years ago my grandmother and grandfather were on their way to elope when an argument ensued. My grandfather threw the wedding ring out the window and instead of getting married that day, they conceived my dad. My grandfather was very abusive towards my grandmother; he committed violence against her on numerous occasions. When she shared with him that she was pregnant, he was furious…"
Location: North Carolina
Date: March 16, 2017
"Five yeas ago, on Fourth of July weekend, I found out that I was pregnant. I was nervous because the father was someone I had only been with a month. I was living with a friend and had recently quit my job. The baby’s father was not at all happy when he found out. He said he wanted nothing to do with the baby or me—and that’s the last I heard from him. My mom was sick and in the hospital…"
Location: Dover, FL
Date: January 20, 2017
"I was always in and out of a relationship with my baby father, but we never stop contacting each other—so we always make up. I had moved from my mom’s house, to his parent’s house, to my cousin’s house, back to his house, back to my mom’s house, and am now living in HUD housing with my best friend, who put me under her lease. I have one child who is about to be 3-years-old in March.…"
Date: February 16, 2016
"This happened about three years ago. I had met him a few months before, and he seemed like a perfect gentleman. Little did I know. I remember how the first time we did the deed he asked we make a pinky promise that we wouldn’t fall pregnant, not anytime soon. Little did I know that on that day, we actually made a baby. I missed my period, which confused me because I was on the pill. I guess…"
Location: South Africa
Date: January 29, 2016
"In 2012, I was 18 and a recent high school graduate. My plan was to go to college. Little did I know that I would become pregnant that summer. I was excited because the person I thought was the love of my life would also be happy. I told him the news, and he was excited and supportive—at first. Then one day, everything changed. He started to act differently, and by this time we were living…"
Date: November 26, 2015
"I have faced the question of abortion in four of my five pregnancies. Each one fit some of the most common "pro choice" arguments. I was too young (16) I was pregnant by an abusive man. (I hesitate to call it rape, but I did not consent) The pregnancy was "not viable.” I already had three children, I had no money, and people would think badly of me. The last pregnancy was the only one that…"
Date: October 27, 2015
"On October 13, 1992, I gave birth to a baby girl. Two days later, she went home with her adoptive parents. Twenty-three years later, it is still the hardest and best decision I ever made. There are options. Releasing a child isn't easy; it's a hard road to travel and few take it, but my life is not full of guilt and “what ifs?” I know where she is; I know she was given a life I couldn't…"
Date: October 19, 2015
"I found out I was pregnant when I was nineteen. At the time, I was living over a thousand miles away from any friends and family, in an apartment with an abusive boyfriend who threw me out when he heard the news. I had only attended college for a year and had no money, no job, and nowhere to turn. For months, so many people pressured me: You need to have an abortion. It's the only way you'll…"
Date: October 19, 2015
"I am 40 now, with three beautiful boys. I found out I was pregnant with my first son at 19. It changed my life forever. Was it a harder path? Sure. I had to drop out of pre-med and mommy up. I live with no regrets and have an amazing life now. My oldest son is truly a gift, with the kindest spirit I've ever seen in a person. I can't imagine NOT choosing life for him. It breaks my heart that some…"
Location: Granger, IN
Date: October 10, 2015
"My daughter is 14-years-old now and the most incredible thing in my life. She's extremely beautiful and talented as a dancer and a singer. I could never imagine my life without her. I used to be pro-choice, until I was confronted with the reality of this issue personally. Fourteen years later, I thank God every day that I know a woman who had enough courage, intellect, and love for life to tell…"
Location: Streator, IL
Date: October 10, 2015
"I was 18 when I found out I was pregnant and was not thrilled to find out the news. I told the father, and he was clearly stunned. He asked me what I wanted to do. I told him I had no idea. Since he was a few years older, he made the decision for both of us and dropped me off at Planned Parenthood the next week. A complete bundle of nerves, they called my name and I went up and spoke to the lady…"
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Date: October 9, 2015
"Jacob is four. He loves cars, and trucks, and Curious George. Daniel is two. He loves whatever Jacob has at the time. Aside from their mutual passion for Hot Wheels, they’re rather different little people—one is quite temperamental, while the other is kind of mellow. Their mom is a child photographer who specializes in newborns. She started out by taking pictures of the boys and posting…"
Location: Marquette, MI
Date: October 9, 2015
"I was 17 when I got pregnant. I was young, immature, and reckless. I let people take advantage of me. However, my foolishness turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. My life then was very different than it is now, and it's hard to believe I am still the same person. Like many teenagers, I gave in to having sex with someone who I thought was a good person but turned out I barely…"
Location: United States
Date: July 31, 2015
"Twenty-two years ago, I was in what some would call a crisis situation. My husband had left my little daughter and me. We were alone. I had every intention of rebuilding my life, and that included remaining abstinent. I was so lost, lonely, and hurting that I didn't maintain my standard. Well, I ended up pregnant. I was just a baby Christian, and my mind hadn't quite been purged of the whole…"
Location: Boise, ID
Date: June 23, 2015