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Stories About Abortion

Donna, 55
I used to hold anti-abortion beliefs.

Lindsey, 27
I am pro-choice because I firmly believe that it is every woman's decision to choose if and when she becomes a mother.

Lisa, 47
I grew up in a small town in California and was the first in my family to go to college.

Rose, 31
Last year, I had an abortion. I can't say how thankful I am to have had the choice to have one.

Barbara, 77
When Judson Memorial church in NYC began a choice campaign, we began one in Philadelphia. I contacted clergy and got it started.

Miriam, 23
I used to say that I was pro-choice, but would include, "I wouldn't do it, but it's good that other women have that choice."

Devina, old
I am of the age when we had homes for unwed mothers, where children as young as 12 were sent to have babies.

I became pro-choice when I was raped at 17.

Patty, 33
Like many of us, there's a wide range of reasons why we are pro-choice. At the core for me is the belief that everyone has a right to privacy...

Melinda, 23
When I was 20 I became unexpectedly pregnant. I couldn't afford another child, because my husband didn't even have health insurance and I was working a full-time job and couldn't quit.

Patty, 51
I had my daughter at 29 and my son at 32.

Suzanne, 47
As a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, I worked with 400 women in 22 groups. During my two years there, I witnessed one young woman die from an attempted abortion...

Aubrey, 24
My mom has told me stories from when she was in college before the days of Roe vs. Wade. She knew girls who died from "back alley" abortions.

Jeri, 70
When I was a young woman, I had an unwated pregnancy and to try to find a legitimate Dr., meaning a reputable one that would do an abortion was almost unheard of!

Kathy, 57
I still remember when the decision in Roe v. Wade was announced, how I felt a great, oppressive weight had been lifted from the lives of all American women...

John, 50
I have two daughters, 19 & 21. I hope they never get put in the position to have to make such a difficult decision...

Priscilla, 64
I have never been put in the position where I might consider an abortion and I probably would not have one. But I have never been faced with having to make that decision so I don't know how I would react.

Susan, 56
My mom was a political conservative. I was therefore surprised when she told me she was voting for legalized abortion in Maryland...

Penny, 48
I was fourteen and in the car with my father when we heard on the news that through Roe v. Wade, abortion had become legalized...

Jan, 50
I am pro-choice because I have five daughters and I want each of them to have a choice to decide what is right for them.

Terry, 60
When I was in college, abortion was illegal. When my roomate became pregnant, and I was able to find someone who would perform an abortion...

Misty, 26
I work in an organization that has the mission to "work towards the end of sexual violence". Because of my day to day experience, I am very acquainted with the idea that women's bodies are constantly being violated through sexual assault and domestic violence...

Judith, 66
An aunt of mine... died of complications of an abortion...

Robert, 50
Why do I support a women's right to choose? Having grown up in the late 50's early 60's, I had heard of stories of women who had suffered at the hands of back-door clinics to have an abortion and in many cases, what I heard was horrific...

Tanya, 48
In the early 1960s a prominent female professor in our city died suddenly and mysteriously. Years later I found out she died from an illegal, unsafe abortion.


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