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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


Valerie, 32
My mom was pregnant before me. At Thanksgiving she went into the doctor as something wasn't right. She was told that there wasn't a baby but matter.

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.

Becca, 24
At 19 weeks, with a wanted pregnancy with twins, we were devastated by news that one of our twins was very ill, and in order to not only spare her suffering, but save her twins life our only option was a selective termination.

Sara, 23
I found out I was pregnant 11 days after my son's 2nd birthday. My birth control had either failed at its job, or I failed to be responsible.

Brianna, 23
I was a senior in high school when I found out I was pregnant.

Erin, 22
When I was 20, I got pregnant. Even though I'd always been a huge advocate for women's right to choose, I had never thought it was something that would happen to me. It was tough to realize that this can affect anyone.

Lindsay, NJ
A friend of mine used to be "pro-life." She attended the rallies, created signs, signed petitions, etc. When she became pregnant, a complication occurred that led to her doctor recommending she get an abortion. She was told she needed it to save her life.

Izumi, WA
I have always considered myself pro-choice. 10 years ago, at the age of 24, I had to face my beliefs- I made the choice to have an abortion.

Kathy, NJ
At one point in time, I was very pro-life and couldn't imagine who would ever get an abortion. Then came the day that I learned I was pregnant.

Anonymous, 26
Devastating news: something is wrong. I was also told that my options were to end my pregnancy, or go home and wait for my baby to die.

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Birth Control

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.

Em, 18
I got birth control at age 14. I lived away from parents, at boarding school. There were no parental consent laws in my state, and I got treated very well at the family planning center.

VIDEO: Contraceptives can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. For a lot of students who, like me, are on public-interest scholarships, that's practically an entire summer's salary.

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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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