Abortion Stories (Washington)
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.
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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 14—a latchkey kid—in the 80's. I had a boyfriend, and my sister gave me the talk to get on the pill. So I went down to Planned Parenthood and got free birth control pills. I basically lived with my boyfriend. My parents were in the process of divorcing and they were barely home, so they didn't know what I was up to. A year later, I contracted the measles—which is possibly harmful…"
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: June 23, 2019
"I was 25 when I got pregnant; I am now 27. Though time did help me heal, I still have fears and feelings of guilt. I was married to a man who didn’t want kids or anything to do with me. He hit me, but I never got pregnant by him. I discovered he did gay stuff secretly, which just made me think he was gay—but I wasn’t 100% sure and I’m still not sure. The love was gone after five years…"
Date: November 4, 2017
"I named my baby Isaiah Samuel. He died at my hands in 2004. Had I permitted him to be born, he would be 12 years old. The murder I committed will haunt me until the day I die. I killed him when he was 18 weeks gestation. I can see the doctor's eyes to this day. She had very kind eyes. The rest of her face was behind a surgical mask. The anesthesiologist had dark curly hair and his eyes were dead.…"
Location: Washington State
Date: September 19, 2016
"I was a young twenty-something, already a single mother. The first time I got pregnant was as a teen, and I felt a powerful drive to protect my baby. And it cost me a lot. Even my home. But it was worth it. But I began having problems with my birth control method, and wasn't prepared for sex, but my lover at the time pressured me into having sex anyway. I had that same gut feeling that I was…"
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: November 10, 2015
"The day I found out was pregnant I was filled with emotions—good and bad, excitement and anger. All those emotions left me confused about what I should do. At first I was sure of my decision to terminate the pregnancy. I didn’t want to get attached and think of the future with my baby. I was still hurting and angry about the event that resulted in the pregnancy, being raped. I was…"
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: September 20, 2015
"I have replayed the time in my life when I had an abortion so many times in my head. The last 29 years of my life have been spent with remorse and anger so intense, at times, I can't believe it happened. I was 21 and in a committed relationship when I got pregnant. My boyfriend was a true "mama's boy," and there was no way he was going to let me go through with the pregnancy. Ultimately, it was…"
Date: February 24, 2013
"I had an abortion 8 years ago, and it haunts me every day. I was 21. I already had a one-year-old boy from a previous relationship, and I got pregnant with my new boyfriend, whom I was madly in love with. I was afraid that having another baby at that time would make life way harder than it already was. My boyfriend told me it was up to me, that it was my decision. I wish he hadn't said that.…"
Location: Spokane, WA
Date: April 3, 2012
"Sitting here trying to describe what happened to me is extremely difficult. Even after 27 years, I find it hard to come to terms with it. I was 21, pregnant with a boyfriend who I liked but wasn't in love with. We went to a clinic for the abortion and everything in me was telling me to get back in the car and go home. Before they put me under, I said that I had changed my mind and tried to get…"
Location: Sequim, WA
Date: February 17, 2012
"I have had 3 abortions. My life since these abortions has been a train wreck: 3 marriages, drugs, alcohol, depression, guilt, shame. I never knew why I was such a mess. My first one was at 20. I had no idea at that time I was killing a child. I cried after the first one, and the second. After the third one, I was very ill. I had an infection the very next morning. I was sick for about a month.…"
Location: Cheney, WA
Date: November 11, 2011
"I found out I was pregnant three days before my 19th birthday... At the time, I had just moved away from my boyfriend’s, back into my parent’s house because of a huge break up... I called him and he told me he wanted me to keep it, so I moved down there to try and work it out for our baby. He is a heavy meth user, unemployed and emotionally unstable. He is certainly not someone who…"
Location: Snohomish, Washington
Date: November 1, 2011
"In June 2006, my parents sent me to my moms friends for the summer to get me away from my ex boyfriend. I had skipped a period so I took a test and it came out positive. I didn't know what to do so I mentioned that I hadn't gotten my period so my mom's friend brought me to Target and got one from there. She made me walk around the store with the test so people would stare at me. I was afraid…"
Date: May 30, 2011