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Stories About Abortion

Caroline, 18
My freshman year going into college, I found out I was pregnant. I talked to only my mother, father, and sister about what my choices were. I was scared, and felt absolutely alone at college.

Rachel, 24
Today I had an abortion. Today I had to drive three hours out of my home state to obtain an abortion because the laws in my state are so restrictive that my choices were limited.

Stacie, 39
When I was in high school, my Mom took me to my first rally in Washington. At the same time she discussed birth control, abortion and the struggle that women went through to have the right to control their own reproduction.

Renee
For anyone to think that making this decision was really easy is just wrong. But it was the best decision for me and it was MY decision and if I had to do it over again, I would.

Natasha, 27
When I was a teenager, my mother told me that she had an abortion when she was my age.

Mary, 57
When I was in college, abortion was still illegal. A young woman (at our small liberal arts college) became pregnant and, being a poor student, had no means to obtain an abortion.

Marie, 63
In 1960 I was a student nurse assigned to the ER. One evening a car pulled up to the ER dooor and left a young girl out onto the pavement...

Lisa, 43
I am pro choice because I believe in a woman's right to decide whether or not to have a baby.

Joyce, 27
Pro-Choice is a women's legal right. In college I had to take my friend to a abortion clinic and we had to fight to get to the front door.

Jennie, 28
A lot of pro-life people think that being Pro-choice means you always choose abortion. That is not the case.

Jen, 29
I had a few acquaintances who had abortions but it really hit home for me when I was faced with an unexpected pregnancy last October...

Janet, 53
I work near a clinic that provides abortions and was subjected to horrible, graphic pictures of dead babies by those that chose to protest against them. I feel politicians and the general public have no right to interfere with the choice a woman makes as to whether or not to have a baby.

Heather
I used to live next door to a clinic that provided abortion services once a week. Every Wednesday I was forced to negotiate a maze of angry protesters displaying graphic photos...

Ghong, 23
I'd lived in Oregon for the first 21 years of my life and recently moved to Utah. My husband is in the Air Force and was stationed near Salt Lake.

Esther, 68
I can remember the time when I was 14 years old and there was a girl in my gym class who got pregnant. Abortions were not legal at the time.

Elaine
If a woman cannot control her fertility, she cannot control her life.

Danielle
When Louisiana tried to ban abortion in 1991, I distinctly remember my Catholic, Southern Louisiana grandmother saying that it was a woman's body and the government should not interfere...

Danielle
I had an abortion and I am thankful for the clinic staff and the right to have an abortion...

Charlotte, 37
Several reasons I am pro-choice: I am pro-human, including pro-child! Every day I hear about abused or neglected children, children out on the streets, with drug problems, etc. Every child should be a WANTED child, and one who is going to be taken care of.

Beth
When I was 22 I found myself in a relationship with a man who was physically, sexually, and emotionally abusive. I became pregnant about 4 months into that relationship. I made the difficult decision to terminate that pregnancy...

Ann, 70
My early education was as a med tech and I worked in hospital laboratories. In the case of womans rights I worked in a town with a university that declared in loco parentas, making any requests for birth control advise or preganancy testing thru the university health center reportable to the parents.

Ann, 39
My great grandmother had an illegal abortion.

Amy, 37
A close family member of mine became pregnant after a couple of years of trying in her late 20s. She and her husband, as well as the rest of the family, were thrilled.

Adam
So why am I pro-choice? Because my Mom inspired me...

Jean, 74
As a teenager I can remember hearing of young women dying because they had an abortion.

 

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