Personal Stories of Women Who Have Had Abortions

By Our Bodies Ourselves | May 11, 2014

Hearing women’s stories of having an abortion can help us know what to expect and reassure us that our experiences are not unique.

  • I knew from the moment I found out that I didn’t want to carry the pregnancy to term, but I was overwhelmed by images everywhere telling me that it was “wrong” to consider abortion. When I searched for information on the Internet, I was bombarded by religious websites with brutal pictures of aborted fetuses. When I tried to go to my friends for help, I was told they were “so excited” and couldn’t wait for me to have a baby… read more
  • Way too excited to sleep on that frigid April morning, I snuggled my bloated belly up to my husband, Dave. Eighteen weeks pregnant, today we would finally have our full-fetal ultrasound and find out whether our baby was a boy or a girl. I had no reason to be nervous… read more
  • If I had listened to the subway ads for postabortion trauma counseling or the men at the clinic brandishing rosaries and yelling racist pleas not to “kill your black/Hispanic/Oriental baby,” things would be different. I would not hold a degree, and I would not be building a career. My child’s father would have been a man who sexually, emotionally, and mentally abused me… read more

Like what you're reading? Help us expand access to accurate information on health and sexuality.

Donate Today!

One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Read more stories here and here.