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.
What is your religion?
I had an abortion
Despite the intense feelings I've had since, I know it was the right thing to…
I don't regret my abortion in the slightest.
To była lepsza decyzja
Aborté. Fue un alivio. Nunca me arrepentí. Hoy tengo dos hijos y puedo criarlos…
Fiz um aborto
Mi aborto lo hice a los 14años hoy tengo una hija de 23 años y un hijo de 17…
I have had two abortions
I don't regret my abortion.
Fue una decisión muy difícil pero estoy segura de que fue la mejor.
Sinceramente eu não imaginei que passaria por isso esse ano. Mas sabia que um…
Having an abortion was the right thing for my family.
I was 44 years old and already had 2 children. The pregnancy was an accident…
NIGDY NIE MÓW NIGDY! ..kiedyś powiedziałam sobie, że aborcja nigdy nie będzie…
The decision was easy, but the emotions were not.
The person who got me…