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Stories About Abortion

Rachel, 28
In the beginning of a relatively new relationship, I faced an unplanned pregnancy. I was in no way able to carry out a pregnancy at this time.

JP, 20
I am in the middle of my college career, my husband is in the military and also going to college, and we live in a studio apartment on campus. We have neither the time, the money, nor the room to take care of a child.

Stephanie, 28
Almost a year ago, I rushed into the emergency room one morning with intense abdominal pain. Within the course of the next few hours I learned that I was seven weeks pregnant and that it was an ectopic (tubule) pregnancy.

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.

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I had an illegal abortion when I was 20, seven years before Roe v. Wade became law.

Sarah, 29
I was in a seven year abusive relationship that left me hospitalized and with P.T.S.D. I became pregnant with this individual and I knew that I could not keep my pregnancy.

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

Nicci, 20
I'm sure my story is like many others. I'm a struggling college student.

Susan, 68
I got pregnant from my second sexual experience at age 21.

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

Lyla, 30
I'm in a long distance relationship with the most wonderful man in the world. I got pregnant last October and was crushed.

Anonymous, 60
I had my first abortion at age 17. It was illegal at that time in every state but California and New York.

Jen, 26
I was 19 when I found out I was pregnant. I was a freshman in college, working part-time for a retail store and was in a brand new relationship.

Jennie, 52
When I was 19 years-old I became pregnant.

Kathleen, 56
I was raised Catholic so I didn't know anything about sex or birth control.

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

Rachel Elizabeth, 33
My cousin molested me for a decade and even raped me at one point. I had a pregnancy scare. That's why I'm pro-choice.

Pat, 70
I was a nursing student and then in practice in the late '50s and early '60s.

Catherine, 53
I have a dear friend who discovered she was carrying a severely deformed child in her second trimester.

Anne, 30
I worked at an abortion clinic 2 years ago, supporting women and their choices. Although I hadn't yet faced the choice myself, I've always supported women's reproductive rights.

Carolyn, 37
In 2008 I became pregnant while using the Nuva Ring form of birth control.

Dawn, 40
I got pregnant in the summer of 2008. My husband and I were thrilled. We had been trying for about 6 months and it finally happened.

Jennifer, 27
If my mother had that baby, I wouldn't have her here today...

Molly, 54
When I graduated from college in 1975, I worked in a Planned Parenthood for 3 years. It was fantastic to work in a facility which provided safe medical procedures for women.

Cynthia, 56
My step-father molested me from the time I was 6 years old until I was able to put a stop to it... after 10 years of victimization.

 

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