Abortion Stories (California)
Personal testimonies from women (and men) who have gone through an abortion.
The 761 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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"I was 34 and 6 weeks pregnant. It was with my friend. He didn't want it. I was selfish, and I regret my abortion to this day. I knew it the day I did it. I remember everything. Maybe for some people it goes away, but really, it never goes away. I should have just focused on myself and what I wanted—not what someone else wanted. Whether it’s your boyfriend, husband, lover, whatever—I think…"
Date: October 27, 2019
"I was 20 years old, and I had a gut feeling that I was pregnant again. I was sleeping all the time and felt so tired. My first-born daughter was barely 18 months when I decided to take a pregnancy test. It came out positive. The first thing I did was call Planned Parenthood. I felt numb. I felt nothing at all during the whole process of the abortion. I did not know if I was in shock because I…"
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Date: August 10, 2019
"I was 19 and planning a wedding to the man I'd been with since age 16 when I learned I was pregnant. We were elated and continued our plan and got married. As I ascended the steps to the church, I tripped and fell. I thought nothing of it, but one week after the wedding, at 16 weeks, I had a miscarriage. We were sad but decided to enjoy being a young married couple and decided to wait a bit.…"
Location: Yorba Linda, CA
Date: July 5, 2019
"I was 19 years old when my boyfriend (now husband) and I found out I was pregnant. I had a job and was in college. He was striving to become a firefighter. We didn’t know who to go to, so we went to his parents. They immediately told us to get an abortion. During the next week we went back-and-forth about what to do. We finally decided we would keep the baby. We were so happy and overjoyed.…"
Location: Clovis, CA
Date: May 21, 2019
"I thought abortion was a quick fix to my problem—pregnant by a boyfriend that was unfaithful and abusive. I knew I didn’t want to be tied to him for the rest of my life, so I walked into the abortion clinic with a $70 copay supplied by my mother, and walked out with my “problem” behind me. My heart was dead to what I’d just done—until years later when I got married and had my first…"
Date: April 8, 2019
"For some reason #ShoutYourAbortion has become a popular hashtag on Twitter and so I decided to join the discussion with my #ShoutYourAbortion REGRET Story!!! Unfortunately, I've had three abortions. REGRET #1: I was engaged at 17, got pregnant, and his mother told me what to do. She didn't ask me/us; she just said, “This is what you will do!” Needless to say, we didn't stay together. I proceeded…"
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: March 19, 2019
"It was mid December 2016; I had just given birth to my first child in September. I had just turned 20 in October. My husband and I live with our 3-month-old son in my mom and stepdad's house. I had only gotten one period so far and was taking the "mini pill,” but I was horrible about taking it because I was adjusting to new parenthood and lacking sleep severely. I remember the feeling I had…"
Location: Bay Area, CA
Date: March 15, 2019
"I sit here as a new mother still haunted by a decision I made 10 years ago. I don't think about it every day, but today is February 10, 2019, and everyone is talking about the new abortion law that got passed in New York. Again, my secret that I continually try to bury away, is coming around again. Flashback to early this morning, me sobbing on my husband's shoulder while we listen to our pastor…"
Date: February 11, 2019
"I don't really know where to start. I am a 20-year-old college student. My "boyfriend and I have been together for two years now. Everything seemed perfect at first, but then he grew insecure and started hitting me. I don't want to act like a victim because I did hit him back. One day it got so bad he had me choking in blood. He got better over time and hasn't hit me since. I met him when I was…"
Location: Oceanside, CA
Date: November 12, 2017
"I still remember when I saw the pee stick turn into a positive. I was in shock. I immediately called the guy I'd been having sex with. We'd been dating for three months or so, but had little bond. He said to me, "Wow, I'm gonna be a poppa?!" I said, "Yes. I guess?" But out of nowhere we both decided we couldn't keep it. We were 22, still in college. My dad would've disowned me. I went through…"
Location: Los Angeles
Date: October 9, 2017
"I'm a high school student, and I am about to graduate in June 2017. When I found out I was pregnant, I was shocked. I didn't know how to react or what to think. I was already 9-weeks pregnant, clueless. All I could tell myself was that I wasn't ready; I can't raise a child, I'm "too young;" I have my whole life ahead of me! I told my boyfriend that I was pregnant, and he told me he was willing…"
Date: March 3, 2017
"I've been in an abusive relationship for about two years now. I have a daughter who I love so much and cry to every night. Her dad has abused me physically, mentally, and verbally. I'm tired of this situation. I told him I was having an abortion because I can't see another child go through the fear he has put in myself and my baby. I'm going through very bad depression at the moment and I want…"
Location: Long Beach, CA
Date: January 24, 2017
"I was 23, with a 3-year-old little girl, living with my boyfriend, and we were not on good terms. I was going to school to get my high school diploma. We were not planning on having a baby. But I ended up pregnant; we were not being as careful as I thought we were. After I found out I was pregnant, I told my boyfriend. He was not really happy. His only response was, “I told you I didn’t want…"
Date: December 17, 2016
"I was 20 when I found out I was pregnant. I cried as soon as I saw the two lines because I was both happy and devastated. I was devastated because I didn't know who the father was. I had cheated on my husband, and I already knew that what I did was horrible. But my husband and I had been having problems, and he told me he wanted a divorce. So I ended up sleeping with another man who was also…"
Location: Temecula, CA
Date: November 25, 2016
"I had an abortion a few weeks ago, and I regret it so badly!! I've been dating this guy for two years, and he and my mom convinced me to abort. Now I don't know what to do; I can't sleep at night. I have to take pills to fall asleep because all I think about is how I took my baby’s life! I thought everything would go back to normal because I've had a miscarriage before and felt fine afterwards.…"
Date: September 27, 2016