Abortion Stories

" It was last year, the beginning of June, two months before my seventeenth birthday, and I found out I was pregnant ..." (read more)

"I was 30 years old and a single mother of four children. I just had a baby 2 months ago. The father and I are not on good terms ..." (read more)

"In the 60s when I was in high school, my best friend became pregnant. The only person she told was her mother, a woman with mental health problems and no money. All her mother could do was share some folk remedies and advise her to 'do heavy exercise and you'll lose the baby' ..." (read more)


"I am 20 years old and a junior in college and 5 weeks pregnant. I can't believe this is all happening and I cannot believe I am here. But I am ..." (read more)


"I am here to break away from an abusive boyfriend I've known for 7 yrs tomorrow. We have a 4-yr-old who I brought up mostly alone. ..." (read more)

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Helped a wife, friend, daughter, or other woman have an abortion?

Abortion is rarely discussed, yet it is a common aspect of our reproductive lives and one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the US. Current estimates are that one third of American women will have an abortion by the time they’re 45. By telling your story you can help other women feel less alone, you can lessen the stigma surrounding abortion in our culture, and you can contribute to a richer, more honest picture of the complexities of women’s reproductive choices.

Did you have an illegal abortion in 1967? Make a trip to New York in 1970? Did your girlfriend? Were you proud to exercise choice in 1975 or frightened to in 1989? Did you have an abortion recently? What was it like? What influenced your decision? How do you feel about it now?

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