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Stories About Abortion

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.

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. I

Clare, 17
There wasn't a doubt in my mind that I had to get an abortion. When it was time to go to the clinic, the moment I spoke to the staff, I knew I was making the right choice.

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.

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.

Sarah, 21
Ashley, a girl I went to high school with, knocked on my dorm room door. She was crying and asked for my help. She found out two days before that she was pregnant. The guy she was seeing told her that it wasn't his problem.

Emma, 24
When I was 17, I found out I was pregnant. My boyfriend and I always used a condom, but eventually, the condom broke.


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