Emma

Share your story

I got pregnant the first time I had sex. I was just 18 and knew nothing. I was desperately in love with the father, who was older than me. I knew we should be using a condom, I even said that to him the night I lost my virginity, but he still had sex with me without one.
He also had a fiancée. I thought he would leave her for me, I was stupid and believed every word he said.

I just knew I couldn’t have a baby, I was barely an adult myself and I was scared. I made up my mind I had to have an abortion, it was my only option.

After I had the procedure I felt relief. Then when I got back home the father rang me and told me it was over between us. It shattered me. He had a baby with his fiancée a year later.

Twenty years on and I still feel regret about my decision. I feel as though it may have been my only chance to have a child and the whole experience has really fucked me up.

Of course when I consider the situation I think I made the right choice but it doesn’t make the pain any less.

2000 Australia

The awful thing is your feelings can change as you get older. I never thought I would feel so sad about having an abortion when I was so convinced it was the right thing to do when I was young.

I was scared as hell and thought I may actually die. I realise now I must have been in severe shock. All I remember was walking down a dark corridor into a surgical room, then I remember lying down with my legs in stirrups, counting back from ten. Then I woke up and some nurse was checking a pad between my legs to see how bad the bleeding was. It is literally like a nightmare that happened to someone else.

I wanted to go to University

Did the illegality of your abortion affect your feelings?

No.

How did other people react to your abortion?

My family was very supportive.

Jaq

I was 21, and nowhere near ready or willing to carry and birth a child because…

Eveline BANGOURA

Bonjour je partage avec vous mon expérience aujourd'hui jeune fille de 18ans…

Jennifer

At the age of 15 I was told that I would likely never be able to get pregnant…

Dominika

Historia jest dosyć banalna i podejrzewam, że nie ja jedna zaszłam w taki…

Vanessa

yo conoci a los 14 años a un vigilante que trabajaba donde mi mama el era super…

Susy

Yo interrumpí mi embarazo...

Han

Don’t confuse ‘what ifs’ with regret.

Anne

I knew exactly what I wanted and needed- to be there for my kids, to find a job

Dolores Feffer

I had two.

No woman should ever have to justify a dessicion on her own body.

Aldana

Una decisión que se tiñe de lucha

Tannicola Nkata

I was brutally rapped during my time of imprisonment in my native country. I…

María

Proceso duro,

Maria F M B

Yo aborte: Hoy en dia es difícil enfrentar la sanción moral que existe en…

Ewa

Nie miałam innego wyjścia. Jeszcze do niedawna miałam męża, dwójkę dzieci i…

Julia

Foi um pesadelo mas no final me senti mais aliviada

Valentina

Le pedí que me dejara...

Me había embarazado antes y había abortado, desde ese…

Mickey

I was 22 turning 23 when I found out I was 4 weeks pregnant. The father and I…

Catalina

El Misotrol salvó mi vida