Personal testimonies from women (and men) who have gone through an abortion.
The 803 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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"Growing up, I always wanted a family of my own—to be a mother was all I hoped for. But I was only 22 when the pregnancy test came back positive. I was scared but excited. The guy I’d been with for over a year already had a kid. The thing that scared me the most was that his child was being raised by his mother and thought her grandma was her mother. She thought her father was her brother.…"
Date: September 12, 2022
"I found out I was pregnant in my last year of high school—when I was 16. I missed my period and started having morning sickness. My breasts were also really sensitive, and I was feeling nauseous at weird times. I had told one of my closest friends that I might be pregnant so she offered to come with me to the nurse’s office. We walked in and the nurse instantly knew why we were in there.…"
Location: Wellington, NZ
Date: August 8, 2022
"My home life was filled with abuse and trauma. I was looking for love and acceptance. I could not find it at home, so I turned to a guy to provide what I thought was love and care. In reality, it was abuse and manipulation. I had just turned eighteen years old, became pregnant, and was in my senior year of high school. I knew I was pregnant before I missed my period because something felt different.…"
Date: August 4, 2022
"One of the worst days of my life and I still don’t have a handle on it. Two weeks before, I’d just started dating my boyfriend and a week later, I found out I was about 3-months pregnant. So, no, it was not his but someone else’s. This made me feel so disgusted and disappointed in myself. My boyfriend was very understanding and loving and said he is with me whatever choice I make. I made…"
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: August 1, 2022
"I was 36 and in a complicated relationship. It was an "unprotected accident." I wanted to keep it. So bad. I loved my boyfriend-at-the-time so much. Though not planned, I decided to have it. I told him after his unfunny "are you sure it's mine" joke. He then proceeded to bully me into why I needed to abort. And when I say bully, I mean gaslighting, berating me, belittling me. He told me how it…"
Location: New York, NY
Date: July 30, 2022
"I was 16 the first time I had an abortion. It's been 20 years and has taken me 19 years to talk about it. I wish I could say I learned from my mistake the first time, but I was so young and naive that I didn't realize what emotional effects that first abortion had on me—so I had another one when I was 19. I'll start with the first. I was 16; my father who I lived with at the time gave me one…"
Date: July 4, 2022
"Last November, I was barely 25 and found out I was pregnant. I was still in school, working long hours with little pay and no benefits. I was living in my parents’ home to save money while they were working away. I was in an on-and-off relationship for three years. He’s the only man I’ve ever been with. I was struggling with birth control and so had stopped using it right before I conceived.…"
Date: June 21, 2022
"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