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2006 United States

I have many conflicting feelings. In many ways, by getting pregnant, I realized how much I want children, a family, as one of my lifelong goals. I knew I could not provide the type of home I want to raise a family in during that at that time in my life. In many ways my inner dissidence about my decision over the last 10 years has caused me emotional strife and turmoil. Sometimes questioning, what if? I don't expect that to ever change, as I feel I can not openly mourn the loss of the little one that I know I someday want. But with time I realized...why put a question mark where god put a period?

I had a surgical abortion and something went wrong with the first attempt, so I had to come back one week later to have the procedure repeated. The doctor told me it was because I had a "heart shaped uterus." The week in between was filled with anxiety, guilt, and fear that I would never be able to bear children in the future. Once it was all done, I was absolutely relieved. I learned actually how strong I could be, and about how I do desire children, when I am ready for them.

I had just turned 18 and graduated from high school. I had plans of attending University in the fall, and saw my dreams crashing down with this unplanned pregnancy. I could not bear the idea of having a child without having enough money in my bank account to pay rent, and without the education to get a well paying job. I want a child when I am able to provide a life with opportunity, with stability and love. At that time in my life I was just learning what being an adult was about.

How did other people react to your abortion?

I kept my abortion secret from my family and most of my friends for years. Two of my girlfriends who knew took accompanied me to Planned Parenthood. One said, "this is what you need to do for yourself."

M C

Fiz um aborto de aproximadamente 4 semanas e tomei o cytotec que o amigo da…

Luna

Aún grito perdón

Anna K.

nie żałuję,

Karen vargas

Yo Decidí

Vicky

I had an abortion when I was 21. I knew right away that I was pregnant--within…

Patricia Bronstein

I was married and had known since an early age that I did not want to be a…

Amanda

E não me arrependo, não se culpe por isso
Você é dona de si.
Eu sou bem jovem

Angeli

I had an abortion

Liz Price

I had an abortion

Kendra

I had my first abortion. The experience was very difficult. I went back and…

anonymous

My abortion story.

Paula *

Yo acompañe a mi hermana quien pasó por este proceso, siempre fui una persona…

Genoveva

Yo aborté

Ivana

I had an abortion and never talked about it with anyone

Miqueyla

No me arrepiento de lo que hice. Abortar suena demasiado frío , asi que mejor…

Fernanda

Yo aborté y soy una chica libre

Ny

I just had my 3rd son 4 months prior finding out I was pregnant. I got a…

mela

Vivire por ti mi pequeño angel

Magda

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