Abortion Stories (Australia)
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.
To share your own abortion story, click here for our online, submission form.
To learn more about the potential psychological impact of abortion, read "Post-Abortion Syndrome." If you're looking for "positive" abortion stories, read this.
"I was 21 years old when I first found out that I was pregnant. I was not doing any job, and my boyfriend was still completing his schooling. We were very new in the relationship and didn’t know what to do. The best option that time was abortion. My boyfriend bought abortion pills, and I took them without any medical assistance. The next week was so bad. I regretted taking those pills. I’d…"
Date: June 18, 2019
"I regret it deeply. I wish I could take it back. I had a medical termination at 7 weeks—at home—after falling pregnant with my husband who I have two children with. We live with family, all of us in one bedroom. We have every mean and affordability to move out, however we moved back in with family to save a house. My husband works, and I am a student at college full time. When I found out…"
Date: May 20, 2019
"I suffer from a very extreme type of morning sickness known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum—a serious and potentially deadly illness that usually lasts up until 20 weeks into pregnancy. Sometimes it lasts the whole way through. There is no cure; it is the most horrible experience. I have suffered from this condition through every pregnancy and it is the most unmanageable sickness to control; there…"
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Date: December 6, 2016
"I was 17 at the time, going through a big rough patch with my boyfriend of three years. Dating in high school is toxic, so much jealousy and fighting. I decided to split with him in August 2012; it was more of a break but I was serious about it. Over the next six months we couldn't help but be jealous of each other and our new found lives, even after being completely sure I wasn't IN love with…"
Date: May 20, 2016
"I found out I was pregnant a month after moving in with my partner. I dreamt of that moment, wished on stars, prayed and thought about it often. When I told my partner, he freaked out!!! He immediately went online and started booking airline tickets to Ireland. I was devastated. He gave me an ultimatum: keep the baby and he would leave me, throw me to the street, and never speak to me again—our…"
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Date: February 23, 2016
"Two years ago, on the 3rd of February, I had a termination of pregnancy, I was 15. I had been with my partner for a mere six months, and I went to one of the most prestigious catholic schools in the area, where they never educated me about pregnancy since I wasn’t yet 16. The next eight weeks were the worst weeks of my life. I could barely stand on my own. Many people messaged to tell me…"
Date: February 19, 2016
"We met the nurse together, but when I saw the doctor I was alone. When the nurse came to take me to gown up, I stupidly asked to see the ultrasound picture. She showed it to me very briefly, but the image is stuck in my head. I was almost 10 weeks. I remember laying on the bed with my feet in stirrups and being absolutely petrified, but then I fell asleep. When I woke I felt strangely calm. I…"
Date: February 5, 2016
"I wrote on here a year ago, telling about my abortion experience in 2013. I’d like to share about my life and what I'm going through now—two years later, just in case anyone is in two minds of what to do. Please understand that in no way am I telling anyone what is right and wrong. I feel it is your own choice, but please, if you are in two minds, wait until you know what you want…"
Date: September 24, 2015
"I was 15 when I found out I was pregnant. My partner was controlling, and he and his mother made the decision to terminate the baby. I was against this decision, but as I was young, I felt that I couldn't tell anyone or seek help, so I agreed, feeling I had no other option. Thinking back, [the abortionist] never really lied to me, but he never really told me the truth about the process, and I…"
Location: New South Wales
Date: December 4, 2013
"I found out I was 6 weeks pregnant in July. When the test came back positive, I was so happy! I have a 5-year-old already, but I have wanted to have another baby for so long. At the time, my boyfriend and I had just broken up, and we weren't talking. I tried calling, but he ignored me, so I sent him a picture of the positive test. He still ignored me. I had my friends speak to him about it. He…"
Date: November 2, 2013
"I was late, had cravings, was overly emotional, had cramping, felt nausea, and at times was sick—so I told my friend I needed a test. We went and took one that night. It came back positive; tears ran down my face. How could I bring this child into the world? What would I tell mum? How would my boyfriend react? What will people think? She told me to relax, and it would be sorted... I couldn't…"
Date: September 24, 2013
"The details of my abortion are not what I want to discuss here. If you are reading this, it is fairly probable that you have had or are considering an abortion. I am sure you have read other stories with details of feeling scared, lost, without choice and a plethora of other emotions, reasons and rationales, and like myself there are probably parts of some or all of those stories that you can…"
Date: November 24, 2011
"About 6 weeks ago, I found out I was pregnant. It was a constant struggle for me as I couldn't decide what to do. My parents would not have accepted it, and have hated me and disowned me... time was running out and I couldn't make the decision. So my partner said we shouldn't keep it, we can have a baby when it suits us. He made the appointment as I was unable to deal with it... I screamed at…"
Location: Sydney, Australia
Date: October 13, 2011
"I will never be OK. I will never get over this. I will never be truly happy. Because I was scared and had an abortion. My baby was sick. I have a thyroid problem and his brain was not developed properly. I was 21, living with my boyfriend and now husband. I know what you are thinking–you were sick–what do you have to feel guilty about? The thing is I know with all my heart that even…"
Date: April 1, 2011