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 found out I was pregnant at 7 weeks. The minute I saw the test was positive, I was sure about getting an abortion. Although I do love the person I'm with, I didn't want a child so young because I did not want to end up like my mother. My boyfriend didn't want me to have an abortion. Neither did my family. One day I just decided to keep the baby and told everyone. They sounded so happy, but…"
Date: December 31, 2015
"I awoke in the recovery room from the anesthesia. I looked down and saw the heating pad healing what I had allowed them to do to me. But it could not possibly heal the damage I suddenly felt in my chest. I looked to my left, and the woman beside me silently cried. She felt the damage too. So much pain. Pain so deep in our hearts. Women, who made the wrong decision. Now broken women. My decision…"
Location: South Pasadena, CA
Date: December 12, 2015
"This isn’t an easy story to write. I’ve gone back and deleted this several times out of fear. I started writing this one year ago when I still lived with guilt and shame and just couldn’t post it. I wasn’t ready. I wasn’t ready for the judgment. I wasn’t ready to let go. The story I’m about to write was traumatic to say the least. It’s not pretty,…"
Location: Newport Beach, CA
Date: November 29, 2015
"I am 26 years old. I consider myself to have a good life. I’ve been married for more than six years. My husband and I have three children. We are paying for our home and have good jobs. We are financially set, and we have a happy marriage. I thought abortions were for young girls, women that live in poverty, single parents, rape victims or medical emergencies. I never thought I would have…"
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Date: November 19, 2015
"When I was 16, I was told about abortion. I became sexually active around 17. I thought about what would I do if and when I got pregnant. I was always for abortion until I was 22 and looking for a job. I was desperate. I finally got an interview with an office that handled pregnancies and deliveries. One of the doctors that was hiring performed abortions; the other doctor did not. I was to work…"
Location: Upland, CA
Date: October 19, 2015
"I had just turned 23. The person I was with convinced me to have an abortion because he was not ready and accused me of getting pregnant on purpose. He asked, “How you gonna bring a kid into the world if you can't take care of yourself?” He made me feel horrible, so I ended up making the worst mistake of my life. I regret doing what I did. If you’re being pressured, look for…"
Date: October 14, 2015
"My story is very raw. It’s what I went through and what I’m still dealing with. A month after my daughter turned one, I found out I was pregnant again... We were barely making it now. Some months we wouldn't even have a dollar left. How will we do it with another baby and my daughter who just turned one? So we talked and decided to have an abortion. I just kept telling myself I couldn't…"
Date: October 13, 2015
"At 33-years-old, I started seeing a guy. I thought I liked him, so I decided to get on the pill so I could sleep with him without consequences. The pharmacist told me that once I started the pill, I would have to use a secondary method of contraception during the first week I took the pill. I did just that! When I was late with my period, I took a pregnancy test. It came out positive. I made…"
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date: August 8, 2015
"Nobody said it would be easy, and honestly I'm not even sure why I thought it would be. I decided in high school that if I were to ever get pregnant, I would have an abortion. The solution seemed logical. Growing up with a single mother was hard on me emotionally, and I knew that I never wanted to put a kid through that. I was going to wait until I was married to have kids. Unfortunately, unexpected…"
Location: Paso Robles CA
Date: August 5, 2015
"I was 7 weeks and 6 days when my boyfriend and I decided to have an abortion. We didn't talk to anyone and did everything ourselves. We gave up our unborn child because we were children ourselves. I got pregnant at 17. Lying in the doctor's office was one of the most difficult things ever. As I was lying there crying, I debated whether I should just get up and leave. But the nurse holding my…"
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: July 13, 2015
"I was 5-weeks pregnant when I found out. I was scared but excited because for the past year, all I wanted was a baby. I was slightly convinced I couldn't have children. I felt like my baby was a miracle, and I was pregnant by the man I've loved for the last four years. We were having problems but nothing that couldn't be fixed. When I first told him, he didn't think it was the right time because…"
Location: Inglewood, CA
Date: June 7, 2015
"It was one year ago today, Mother's Day, that I got pregnant. My due date was Valentine's Day. I stayed pregnant for three months—more miserable than I had ever been. Terrified, scared, and trapped because I did not want a baby. I was 20 and hooked on heroin. It was my life-long dream to be a mother, and I have been against abortion my whole life. But I didn't know what else to do. People…"
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: May 11, 2015
"When I found out I was pregnant, on March 16, 2015, I was shocked. I had tried for six years and nothing happened, so I figured I was infertile. Days before I tested positive, I just knew I was pregnant. I was happy and shocked but I never had any support. The man who for six years said he wanted to get me pregnant had a change of heart. He was scared and made sure I went through with an abortion.…"
Location: Arleta, CA
Date: May 9, 2015
"My life was a really poor one. I was born to an alcoholic father. Growing up, I was not really close to my parents since they were busy, and they did not seem to care for me. I dropped out of high school early and ran away from home. I decided to work as a prostitute to make money and support myself. One day while on my job, the pimp had sex with me without protection. I got pregnant. I was so…"
Location: Lafayette, CA
Date: March 16, 2015
"It was January the 3rd, 2015, when I took a pregnancy test with my boyfriend at his house. It immediately came back positive. We were both SO happy, and he started to cry. We told our parents about three weeks later. My mom was very supportive of me when I told her I wanted to keep my baby. My boyfriend's mom was not. She talked to us and kept mentioning abortion. She later convinced my boyfriend…"
Location: San Pedro, California
Date: February 15, 2015