Jennifer

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At the age of 15 I was told that I would likely never be able to get pregnant because of serious anomalies in my reproductive organs. At the age of 18, I got pregnant. I was in my first year at university, and I knew the only option for me was to have an abortion. I was so fortunate that the procedure was legal and that every person I encountered throughout the experience was professional and non-judgmental. I have two children and my first granddaughter was born just three weeks ago. Had I not had the abortion, I would never have moved to Poland and started my family. All abortion in my adopted country is now virtually illegal. Abortion is basic health care and a basic human right. The actions of the Polish government are shameful and an outrage in the twenty-first century.

1982 United States

What were your feelings about doing the abortion/s?

I was determined to have the abortion, but I was also scared. In the years immediately following the abortion, I would sometimes reflect on what the baby/child might have been like, but I always knew the time would come for me to start a family when I was in the right position to do so. I have no regrets and am grateful that I had a choice.

How did you do the abortion?

I had serious reproductive tract anomalies that meant the abortion cold not be performed in the clinic as was first planned. I was referred to a hospital for the abortion, and this meant having to arrange financial assistance, which took a few weeks. The waiting was hard, but every person I encountered was respectful of my decision, professional, and non-judgmental. I wish this is how it was for all people seeking to terminate a pregnancy wherever they are in the world.

What was your situation at this time?

Hoe het ander mense op u aborsie gereageer?

I was supported by my friends and healthcare providers. Later, when I told my mother about the abortion she was also supportive and loving. I have never regretted my decision.

legal/illegal

What is your religion?

DeOne

Its gonna be the first time i speak about my abortion.
I was just a 25 yo girl

Fernanda

Hola mi nombre es fernanda tengo 23 años y mi historia comenzo cuando un condon…

Dolores Feffer

I had two.

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

Martina Martina

Un acto irresponsable pero a la vez un sentimiento de alivio.

Vicky

I had an abortion

Camila Gray

I had an abortion,im having my abortion.

Jes

No fue facil pero lo hise y me ha hido muy bien! Fue mi mejor decición!

Marghe

À la limite du délai légal, j'ai avorté à 18 ans et 1 mois. J'étais soutenue…

Alaska Young

A veces es necesario.

Emilamontreal

J'ai avorté suite à ma grossesse arrêtée à 8 semaines

G.

Zawsze miałam nieregularny okres, także tydzień spóźnienia nie dawał mi…

Vicky

I had an abortion when I was 21. I knew right away that I was pregnant--within…

Bryann Turner

It was the right decision for me at this time.

Ella

I was so scared but it was right and I know deep in my heart now.

Ana

Fiz um aborto e não me arrependo. O meu desejo é que todas as mulheres tenham…

Gigi

I forgot my birth control for a couple days on a trip, and it was enough to…

Leah

I was twenty years old, terrified, and completely alone.

Nthati

It was a difficult but necessary choice to have made.

Anne

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