Abortion Stories (California)
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.
"I don't really know where to start. I am a 20-year-old college student. My "boyfriend and I have been together for two years now. Everything seemed perfect at first, but then he grew insecure and started hitting me. I don't want to act like a victim because I did hit him back. One day it got so bad he had me choking in blood. He got better over time and hasn't hit me since. I met him when I was…"
Location: Oceanside, CA
Date: November 12, 2017
"I still remember when I saw the pee stick turn into a positive. I was in shock. I immediately called the guy I'd been having sex with. We'd been dating for three months or so, but had little bond. He said to me, "Wow, I'm gonna be a poppa?!" I said, "Yes. I guess?" But out of nowhere we both decided we couldn't keep it. We were 22, still in college. My dad would've disowned me. I went through…"
Location: Los Angeles
Date: October 9, 2017
"I'm a high school student, and I am about to graduate in June 2017. When I found out I was pregnant, I was shocked. I didn't know how to react or what to think. I was already 9-weeks pregnant, clueless. All I could tell myself was that I wasn't ready; I can't raise a child, I'm "too young;" I have my whole life ahead of me! I told my boyfriend that I was pregnant, and he told me he was willing…"
Date: March 3, 2017
"I've been in an abusive relationship for about two years now. I have a daughter who I love so much and cry to every night. Her dad has abused me physically, mentally, and verbally. I'm tired of this situation. I told him I was having an abortion because I can't see another child go through the fear he has put in myself and my baby. I'm going through very bad depression at the moment and I want…"
Location: Long Beach, CA
Date: January 24, 2017
"I was 23, with a 3-year-old little girl, living with my boyfriend, and we were not on good terms. I was going to school to get my high school diploma. We were not planning on having a baby. But I ended up pregnant; we were not being as careful as I thought we were. After I found out I was pregnant, I told my boyfriend. He was not really happy. His only response was, “I told you I didn’t want…"
Date: December 17, 2016
"I was 20 when I found out I was pregnant. I cried as soon as I saw the two lines because I was both happy and devastated. I was devastated because I didn't know who the father was. I had cheated on my husband, and I already knew that what I did was horrible. But my husband and I had been having problems, and he told me he wanted a divorce. So I ended up sleeping with another man who was also…"
Location: Temecula, CA
Date: November 25, 2016
"I had an abortion a few weeks ago, and I regret it so badly!! I've been dating this guy for two years, and he and my mom convinced me to abort. Now I don't know what to do; I can't sleep at night. I have to take pills to fall asleep because all I think about is how I took my baby’s life! I thought everything would go back to normal because I've had a miscarriage before and felt fine afterwards.…"
Date: September 27, 2016
"I had just broken up with my on-again-off-again boyfriend, who is very verbally abusive, when I found out I was 7 weeks pregnant. I felt so confused and didn't know what to do. I already had three children. I have been in court with the two father's of my three kids and didn't ever want to have a child brought up this way again. I was and still am dealing with children services because my ex…"
Location: West Covina, CA
Date: September 12, 2016
"I was normal, I mean as normal as needed to be an acceptable member of society. I was likable, tolerable, lovable. If all else failed, entertainment and humor helped me through the toughest times of my life. There’s nothing funny about abortion. I am very much ashamed to say I aborted my baby, and I’m paying for it with my life. I just figured that out, but my family made me do it…"
Location: Santa Margarita, CA
Date: September 11, 2016
"I'm 16 and my boyfriend was 19. We had a great relationship, and I thought everything was going so well. Then he broke up with me. Four days later, I find out that I'm pregnant. I lied to the nurse about his age because I was scared he would get in trouble. Once I told him, he told me right away, “You're not keeping it.” My family does not have enough money, and my mom didn't want…"
Location: Vacaville, CA
Date: March 14, 2016
"I kept it to myself for as long as I could. My belly was growing so fast I couldn’t hide it, so I told my best friend. She couldn't believe it. We went down to the clinic that was next to my school and the test came back positive. The doctor asked me what I was going to do, and I told her I couldn't have my baby because my parents would hate me and never forgive me. I told my ex about my…"
Location: Panorama City, CA
Date: March 4, 2016
"I was barely turning 23; I didn't know 2015 was going to be one of the worst years. I wound up getting pregnant because my birth control failed. The guy didn't support me like I expected. He told me that I got pregnant on purpose. I honestly didn't know what to do since I have nothing for myself. My family was going through it. I made the choice to have an abortion because I felt pressured by…"
Date: March 3, 2016
"It’s only been two days since I made the BIGGEST mistake of my life. I was 8-weeks pregnant, and I decided to have a medication abortion at home—which I thought would be the best option because of the privacy. I’ve been separated from my husband for about two years now, on and off. I met a great guy in between the break up, and I got pregnant—which was a miracle. My husband…"
Location: Orange County, CA
Date: February 24, 2016
"I can't remember how it feels to be OK. It's as if I'm still bleeding. I was 8 weeks pregnant when I took the pill to end what could have been a beautiful life. My heart is broken. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I knew I couldn't have him/her. My boyfriend and I could never see eye to eye. We were barely making it financially. And besides all that, we already have one beautiful, amazing…"
Date: February 4, 2016
"Being so young, I gave myself no other option than to have an abortion. I can’t raise a baby at my age, and I certainly can’t stop my life and start a new one just like that when I'm a sophomore in high school. It was a mistake. My partner and I should have been more careful. I truly believe it was the right decision for me, but that doesn't mean it wasn't hard. I was 11 weeks and…"
Date: January 20, 2016