Personal testimonies from women (and men) who have gone through an abortion.
The 796 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.
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"Eight years ago, in March 2014, I made the decision to have an abortion. I had missed my period during the second month of my pregnancy, but the first month I had mistaken implantation bleeding for a period. As soon as the test read "positive,” I was both shocked and unaccepting of the pregnancy. I was too embarrassed to tell anyone, except my current partner. I felt that my pregnancy was a…"
Location: Los Lunas, NM
Date: June 11, 2022
"I’m crying as I type this. I was 21 years old. I had been dating my boyfriend—who is now my husband—for a few months, and we were having sex without protection. We knew that it was risky but I didn’t think I could get pregnant. A few months later, I found out I was pregnant. I was in my sophomore year of college. We were both living with our parents, and we both knew how devastated they…"
Date: May 6, 2022
"It took me a week to decide to have an abortion, one hour to convince myself to swallow the pill and another week to realize I shouldn’t have done it. It may not have been the right time. I might not have had a house or a job, or been at the right stage in my relationship, but I had the support of friends and family. We could have done it. I had so much love I could have offered, but I chose…"
Location: United Kingdom
Date: October 21, 2021
"I had an abortion in February 2020. I really suppressed my feelings when it first happened. I pretended like it didn’t. My baby would have been due Sept 13th, 2020, which is also my anniversary with my boyfriend—now husband. We have been together 7 years. With the date of what would have been my child’s first birthday approaching, I find myself getting more emotional. I feel sorrow, guilt,…"
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Date: August 14, 2021
"I had two abortions, but if I had carried the first baby to term I would never have become pregnant with the second—because it was around the time I'd have been delivering the first. The first was in 1979. I was like a lot of young girls, 19 and in love with this guy who, when he learned I was pregnant, told me to "kill it." He wanted no responsibility. Of course that was the end of our relationship.…"
Location: London, Ontario
Date: July 7, 2021
"I had my first abortion when I was 17. I told my parents that I was pregnant and the long-story-short is that my dad told me to either get an abortion or leave the house. This was back in 1996, but it still feels like it happened yesterday. My mom made the appointment, and my mom took me to Planned Parenthood. I was an emotional mess from the moment we got into the car until the moment I got…"
Location: Albany, NY
Date: June 27, 2021
"My wife and I had been married for 9 years. I am in the military and for the first five years of our marriage I had been training or deployed for more than half of those years. So, naturally, our marriage went through a rough patch. I had no idea how unstable our marriage was—at least, not until my wife sat me down in the 9th year of our marriage to tell me she had aborted our child early in…"
Date: May 19, 2021
"I found out I was pregnant at the age of 18. I was still living at home—no job and out of school. I told my boyfriend of nearly two years, and he left town "to think" for over a week, with no word. During that time, I did nothing but think. Obviously I couldn't count on him. How could I raise a baby at home with my single, divorced mom footing the bill—with three younger kids at home? What…"
Date: March 4, 2021
"I was 18 and my experience was a long time ago, but it still affects me. As a teen, I was in love and thought my boyfriend loved me. I was scared. The father of the baby gave his sister the money to give to me in an envelop, which broke my heart. He was not ready to be a parent at 18 years old. I was devastated and scared. The only thing I wanted was my life back—a normal teen life. My parents…"
Location: Cleveland, OH
Date: January 21, 2021
"I haven’t slept without nightmares for 7 years; I am stuck in the moments leading up to and directly following my abortion. My mind wanders, and I comment on things from years ago that don’t apply to what my life has devolved into. I was a manager and saleswoman—dependable. My ex wanted to get married, but I didn’t so when I became pregnant he offered me money to abort our child. He said…"
Location: Sedona, AZ
Date: January 18, 2021
"I thought I was doing the right thing in getting an abortion. I knew we didn’t have the time, money, or patience to raise a child and that I would be ruining my boyfriend’s life and that child’s life as well. I didn’t realize that it would affect me as much as it has. The unbearable guilt and regret of the abortion has destroyed me entirely. All of this pain and heartache is too much…"
Date: December 12, 2020
"Two and a half years into our relationship, I would have never thought that would have been his reaction. I knew I was pregnant; I work at a hospital so I took a test there. The same day I took the test, I let him know the results. He called an abortion clinic seconds later. That hurt. We talked about starting a family and more. To hear him tell me out of his own mouth that he didn’t want the…"
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: November 22, 2020
"I was a single mother of one in a relationship with a man who was in the process of a divorce. He had two daughters and had lost a child years back. I was on birth control and twice took the PlanB pill, just to be safe. I still ended up getting pregnant. We had agreed, if it were to happen, we'd make the choice together to have an abortion. Two days before we left for our family vacation, three…"
Location: United States
Date: November 19, 2020
"I've had a hard time assimilating all the things I messed up in my life due to abortion, but I admit I made the wrong choice. I was 18 when I found out I was pregnant. My baby was due to be born on November 14, 2016, but I didn't let that happen. I was in the middle of a rough time in my life. I mean, teenage years are pretty rough for any person. There's always something, or something happens…"
Location: Brescia, Italy
Date: November 14, 2020
"What can I say? I not only made the wrong choice once but twice. I am in my early thirties with three kids and don’t have the balls to say it out loud. I kept it a secret. I only told a handful of people. The first time I got pregnant, I’d just turned 17. He was young and athletic, like me, but we only dated to prove we belong together. We should never have dated. I remember being young and…"
Location: Tucson, AZ
Date: November 6, 2020