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.
"It was 1975, two years after our US Supreme Court unleashed the most unrestrained abortion law in the world—legalizing abortion up to the moment of birth. I was in high school; my girlfriend was pregnant and wanted the abortion. I was confused and lacked wisdom. Neither of us imagined what the real life consequences would be, in part because we were scared. It was also because the media and…"
Date: March 16, 2018
"Thirteen years ago my ex-girlfriend got an abortion when we were in college, and my participation and complicity still haunt me to this day. I thought time would heal the would, but I think in reality the guilt within me only got worse over time. At the time, I thought I was encouraging her to do the right thing for her and for me, so we could both finish college and move on—but I was terribly…"
Date: March 13, 2018
"I found out I was pregnant in December of 2017. I was so happy. Finally. Three years and we got a baby. He was upset. Abortion. I went to the clinic twice. Couldn’t do it. I went on March 1st, 2018. I’ve cried every day since then. My baby girl. I wanted you so bad. I prayed for you. I’m so sorry I didn’t keep you. I should’ve. I feel so empty and alone now. Your dad. He’s happy.…"
Location: Washington DC
Date: March 7, 2018
"Four years ago my fiancé and I decided to throw away our pills and go forward with having a baby of our own. It wasn't very long until until we got what we wanted. Both of us were so excited and so happy. My fiancé nicknamed the baby “bean.” We had a very positive happy relationship. Sadly, it wasn't long until family drama and mishaps with friends tore us down. In a fight and temporary…"
Location: Salem, OR
Date: March 5, 2018
"When I was 17 I had an abortion—NOT by choice—but out of fear of having to raise it alone and pressure from the father. No family would support me as they did not approve of my relationship with the father to start with. It was the absolute worst experience I have ever had. My boyfriend dropped me off and left. He didn't even stay. They took me in the room, after I got the gown on, and did…"
Location: Knoxville, TN
Date: March 1, 2018
"I had an abortion on 30th November, 2016, and it is my biggest regret. I went to the doctors when I was 5 weeks and 6 days pregnant. I then went to the clinic and they did the scan but said my pregnancy would end in a miscarriage, so my thought was I’d be helping the baby or fetus out—but months passed, and now a year later, I get so upset about this. My boyfriend, who is the dad to the baby…"
Location: Swindon, United Kingdom
Date: February 26, 2018
"Many years ago I had two abortions. They were two of the biggest mistakes of my life. I have since gotten saved and if I had just looked to God back then, I would have made the right choices! I feel like I have killed my children. They could have had a good life and done so many wonderful things on this earth. Babies and life are precious. Having a child is a joy. I know because I have three…"
Date: February 7, 2018
"I was 16 when I found out I was pregnant. I was 16 when I told my mother I was pregnant. I was 16 when I was forced into an abortion I didn’t want to have. The logic? “Having a baby will ruin your life.” No. You wanna know what ruined my life? Watching ALL MY F—ING FRIENDS have kids. Watching their parents support them. Walking into Walmart looking at baby shoes. Seeing ultrasounds on…"
Date: February 2, 2018
"In the summer of 1991, I had an abortion. I was 19 then. Even though I’ve had three children since, I still feel bad. I regret it because I didn't do anything to save my baby. When I found out I was pregnant, I told my then-boyfriend, later-husband, and now ex-husband about it. He seemed to be happy about it, but his mother, who always hated me, didn't like the news. She ordered him to convince…"
Location: Coatzacoalcos, Mexico
Date: January 31, 2018
"Going into another year now since my abortion in 2016. I'm still the sad, anxiety-ridden girl I’ve been, if not worse. A good girl before, per se, I started drinking heavily afterwards. Now I’m on to harder things. Just to numb the pain and regrets, and to function daily. I got a tattoo this past weekend, small, but in memory of my sweet baby and the name I had given “her.” I had hoped…"
Date: January 20, 2018
"When I was 18, and had just gave birth to a beautiful little boy, I got pregnant again. I was still in high school and afraid of going through it all again. My mother made me drink some quinine, but it did not work. I left school that morning and walked 11 blocks to this doctor’s office and had an abortion. I walked back to school like nothing happened. My boyfriend wanted me to have the abortion,…"
Location: Orange, TX
Date: December 29, 2017
"I had an abortion when I was 19. My boyfriend at the time was very adamant that I “take care of it.” I never wanted the abortion but then I decided I didn’t want to raise my baby with a dad who didn’t want it. So I did it. I regretted it during the procedure, but it was too late to turn back. I ended up having two miscarriages after that. I can’t help but think it was punishment for…"
Location: South Dakota
Date: December 20, 2017
"I was 25 and in a relationship with someone who was totally wrong for me. We weren’t even officially dating, just spending a lot of time hanging out and drinking together. I found out I was pregnant in the fall. I took a test at Planned Parenthood of all places. The nurse/counselor, whatever she was, was nice. I panicked and told the father. We talked about having the baby, but really, we both…"
Date: December 19, 2017
"I had just turned 22 when I found out I was pregnant. I knew almost instantly that something wasn’t right. Just the thought of food made me nauseated and I was tired all the time. I had been with my boyfriend for three years at the time, but the relationship wasn’t stable. We both still lived with our parents and he could never hold onto a job. He also had a child while he was in high school.…"
Location: Honolulu, HI
Date: December 15, 2017
"I don't even know where to start. I don't even want to type this, but I feel as if it's necessary. I just can't do any of this anymore. Life that is. I've tried to be positive. And look on "the bright side." But what if there isn't a bright side? I got an abortion. And ever since, I've just felt empty. It's only been five days... And I want to die. I regret it so much. But there's no going back..."
Date: December 12, 2017