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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."

fiore fiol

Yo me practique un aborto con citotec porque acababab de tener una bebe y…

Katarina

w wieku 20 lat. Byłam za młoda, mam wielkie plany na przyszłość, nie chciałam…

María

Aborté y no me arrepiento. I do not regret my abortion.

Delia

I had an abortion and it changed my life, for better and for worse.

Evelyn

I discovered I was pregnant. It was about 5 weeks and 4 days old. I did an…

Phoebe

I didn't want to do it, but it is my worst fear to bring another child into the…

lena0101

żaden powód do dumy, że wpadłam, ale że sie zdecydowałąm na aborcję, to jestem…

Val

Am I a horrible person

Anonimowa

Dokonałam tego co jest zakazane w tym kraju. Nie czuję się winna.

deedee

한국에 계신 분들 걱정마십쇼!! 낙심하시 마시고 자신을 믿으세요!

Sailor Moon

1. Powody decyzji i dlaczego dziewczyny w mojej sytuacji nie powinny sie czuć…

lolita

fui libre respecto esta decision

Adriana Reyes

Hola mi nombre es Adriana tengo 22 años y soy estudiante de Pedagogía; quisiera…

Cindy Rios

Yo aborte porque no estaba en el momento adecuado para tener un hijo, mi madre…

Anne Jellinek

I had two abortions in my life: one when I was 21 and newly married and one 8…

Adriana

Myślałam, że będzie gorzej, na szczęście cały czas była ze mną moja druga…

Laura

Fue la mejor decicion para todos pero eso no cambia que yo amaba a mi bebe