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Our Stories

Every day, women and men make deep, personal decisions about their reproductive health. Many send us powerful stories about why they’re pro-choice. You can read a few of them on this page.

We hope you will share your story with us, too.

Stories about: Abortion | Birth Control | Sex Education | Healthy Pregnancies


We were told our two options: we could terminate the pregnancy or carry the baby to term and see what happened. I asked point blank about the chances of a miracle. They had no optimistic outcome to share with us.

Jeni, 34
At almost 21 weeks, Scott and I went to our appointment with the specialist. The sonogram operator asked us to be quiet, immediately changing the mood of the room.

Gina, 13
Gina is a 13-year-old who was raped. When she worried about missing her period and got a pregnancy test, she was 19 weeks pregnant.

Jamie, 35
I only had so many hours to live and my daughter was not going to make it no matter what happened. As a result, I had to be given an emergency abortion to save my life.

Christa, 41
The pregnancy was already over, but I had to go through the experience of stillbirth, which haunts me to this day.

Alicia, 35
At 19 weeks pregnant I found out my baby had spina bifida very severely. My husband and I went to a clinic a week later where we were harassed by protestors.

Marketia, 54
At 18 weeks during the fifth and six pregnancies birth defects that were "incompatible with life" were diagnosed

Sarah, 26
Two years ago I found out I was pregnant during my first week of an intense graduate program. Having been on birth control for months, this was a complete shock.

Amanda, 34
I was 19 I found out I was pregnant the first time.

Kim, 43
I had an abortion at 16 years old and do not regret it at all.

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Birth Control

Rebecca, 23,
At age 22, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. If I were no longer able to obtain birth control, I don’t know what I would do to control my symptoms.

Laura, 19
I was 18 when I found out. I consistently used condoms with my boyfriend at the time, and less than a year out of high school, I was panicked.

Danielle, 24
I was lucky enough that my mom was able to set her political and religious beliefs aside in order to protect me from the many struggles that I would have faced caused by failed birth control.

Gina, VA
I hear all the time about the stereotype of what type of girl/woman have abortions. Sleeping around, not using birth control, etc. I am here to tell you that their wrong!

Anonymous, 19
I grew up in a conservative Hispanic family, and I was terrified of seeking birth control when I became sexually active; most importantly, I was terrified of getting caught using birth control by my parents.

More stories about birth control >>

Sex Education

Lela, 24
I had my first child when I was only 15 years old, a ninth grader in junior high.

Merry, 54
In 1972, as a 16 year old girl in high school, I instituted the “sex information center” at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, NY.

Chloe, 15
I am pro-choice, because I have seen what ignorance can do to people.


Healthy Pregnancies

VIDEO: I was 31 years old, just got laid off from my job, got pregnant and wondered what I was going to do.

Sara, 26
My stepmother was born in Boston during the pre-Roe days. She was then adopted by a loving couple. The doctor that delivered her set up the adoption—he had done this many times. But he was also there as a safe option for women that looked for an abortion provider.

Aaron, 28
I gave birth to my son in 2004­—a son who was wanted, planned for, and loved. The deep love I had for my child didn't make the pregnancy an easy one, however. I am a transgender man.

Maggie, 28
I got pregnant at 18, and chose to keep my child, a decision I have never regretted.

Mooky, 50
I was enlisted in the Air Force. I was pregnant (planned) and after 2+ months began to have a miscarriage.


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