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Stories About Abortion

Katie, 28
This story is about my great grandma Josephine and why I am pro choice. I have always been pro choice and believe what we choose to do with our bodies is nobody else’s concern. But the story of my grandma Jo cuts to the heart of why abortion must be kept safe and legal.

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.

VIDEO: Rosalyn
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.


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