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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."

Regina Powell

I had an abortion and I'm about to have another.

Catarina Fernando

Tenho 18 anos e os meus pais nunca iriam aceitar que eu tivesse um filho com…

Patricia Bronstein

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

Dita

I choose abortion hard at the beginning but I know this is the right choice

Anna K.

nie żałuję,

Annabelle Carton

j´ai eu un avortement

Maiara Rejane

Não havia outra alternativa.
Dia 02 de Julho, voltava de uma festa, havia bebido…

Magdalena Kozakiewicz

I had an abortion

M. .

Fiz um aborto e me sinto aliviada. Agradeço muito a toda a equipe do Women on…

Aleksandra Magdalena

Czesc! Jestem mężatka, mamą i zdecydowałam się przerwać ciążę.

Silvia García

decidi abortar porque no tengo la economía para tener un hijo y hoy en día los…

Ashley

I got pregnant at age 44 after a birth control failure. I am so blessed to…

Abbie

I had an abortion and don't regret it.

M

First, I want to thank "Women on Web" for making this abortion possible.

Chispi

¿decisión o "me hice a la idea"?

Imgoingtobeokay

It's 2:25AM as I write this. I had two pills of misoprostol at 11PM. Been…

Aleja

Yo aborte. No fue una decisión fácil. No entraré en detalles del porqué tome la…

Angelica

Order right away. Pill will arive after 10 days.

Leah Jeck

Aku pertama kali kenal sex, tahun 2013 semester 2 tahun awal kuliah, dengan…

Frances

Feeling like myself again