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Post-abortion woman: I failed my daughter

From one woman who had an abortion: “I wanted to have that baby. I ‘knew’ it was a girl. I ‘knew’ she wanted to be born. I miss her, to this day I miss her. I was crying and very … Continue reading

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Woman suffers for 20 years after her abortion

A woman describes her abortion pain: “People think that having an abortion is a quick fix, a mend-all for an accident or a bad mistake. Some will reason that nobody will know about it, and nobody will see the awful … Continue reading

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Abortion lowered my self-esteem

A woman who had an abortion said: “My abortion lowered my self-esteem considerably, and for a long time caused me to feel-and act-like `used goods’ in male/female relationships.” Helen Susan Edelman, “Safe to Talk: Abortion Narratives as a Rite of … Continue reading

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Woman suicidal after her third abortion

In an article quoting women who had abortions, one woman said: “‘I did not tell many people about this abortion. I was deeply ashamed to be in this situation for a third time. How could a bright independent woman be … Continue reading

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Woman asked about “individual” being aborted

A woman who had an abortion recalls the following conversation with the abortionist: “I was in with the doctor, and I can still remember his face. I said, ‘I’m concerned about the individual that, you know, is being terminated.’ And … Continue reading

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Woman regrets her abortions on her death bed

The following story was told in the Journal of American Culture: “In the small Idaho ranching community where I grew up there was an old woman, the matriarch of one of the wealthier ranching families, who had had a number of … Continue reading

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Woman “fine with her abortion” – until 19 years later

One postabortion woman wrote: “In 1994, I was with a small group of women, and we were sharing our struggles with one another. One young woman expressed how she had been struggling to bond with her newborn son. She said … Continue reading

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Woman: Abortion by pill was “worst experience” I’ve ever had

A woman who had an abortion by pill says it was “emotionally scarring.” “[Abortion by pill] was the worst experience, the most physically and emotionally painful thing, that I’ve ever been through. The pill (RU-486) for me was the experience of … Continue reading

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Teen and boyfriend cry after abortion

The night after her abortion, then high school student Shelley Goodell got out of bed in the middle of the night and ran to her boyfriend’s house. She had had an abortion to continue her schooling, without telling her parents. … Continue reading

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Formerly pro-choice woman regrets her abortions

From a woman who had two abortions: “For ten years, I was pro-choice. I justified my actions by feeling anger toward the pro-life movement for not supporting pregnant women. But I never asked about their services. After all, it was … Continue reading

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