Over one-third of women of reproductive age have an abortion by the age of 45. However, women who have chosen abortion are often absent from the public debate. In order to break the silence surrounding abortion, we will be featuring real stories from real women each Wednesday on our blog. If you would like to share your story with us or have it published on our blog, go to http://www.prochoice.org/pregnant/hotline/share.html.
I found out I was pregnant when I was reaching the end of an abusive relationship that was getting worse by the day. I went into the clinic one hundred percent sure of my decision. Had I not gone through with the abortion, I would have a person in my life who, to this day, would find any way he could to abuse me or destroy any relationship I was in. I would not be in school, and I would not be happy. Having the abortion was the fairest thing I could have done for myself. It’s my body, my life, and my choice.
–submitted by Allison* through our website
I was notified that the genetic test results showed some problems. After further testing (CVS), it was determined there were genetic abnormalities with the pregnancy. It was an agonizing decision to terminate my pregnancy but I believe it was the right decision to make. The heartache my fiancé and I feel over this whole situation has been lessened because the Hotline supported our right to self-determination emotionally. Thank you!
–submitted by Mackenzie* through a member clinic
*Names have been changed to protect patient privacy