I had an abortion and it changed my life, for better and for worse.
2007 Peru (ඉපදුනේ United States)
What were your feelings about doing the abortion/s?
This is likely the most complex set of emotions I'll ever experience in my life, which is why it's possible for me to feel both confused and sure at once. More than anything, I feel bad that I don't feel bad. I am sure that I made the right decision, and that my health, both physical and mental, is better for having had an abortion. But I find I can't help but feel selfish, as the fetus I was carrying was, of course, not at fault. Perhaps this feeling is well-founded, and perhaps I am simply feeling the stigma that is levied against women who choose to have an abortion. When I think about the choice that confronted the man I was involved with - simply to walk away or to stay - I feel much more confident about my decision. Why, when a man can simply wash his hands of the situation, must a woman feel obligated to have a baby? It makes no sense. Stigmatize me, ostracize me, all I did was walk away. I'm not proud, but I'm not ashamed, either.
How did you do the abortion?
In general, my experience was very positive. The moments I actually took the pills were difficult, knowing that the act of swallowing would be a life-changing one. But after having read about everything I could expect to have happen to me, I felt almost calm, and as the process moved along, and symptoms/side effects began appearing one by one, being informed made it a lot less nerve-wracking. I did have severe cramping, and moderate to severe nausea, but didn't vomit. I was in a great amount of discomfort for about three hours. Pain relievers helped a lot, but did not completely eliminate the pain.
What was your situation at this time?
The conception occurred without love, much like my conception. And though I have been blessed with one extremely caring parent, it weighs on me every day that I was conceived without love, and is something that I am sure has affected the person I have become. I did not want the same hardship for any child of mine. I was also in a foreign place, alone, and very much depressed. The mental health repercussions of the choice to have or not to have the child were almost crushing. In the end, the choice that proved to be the least dangerous to my mental health was abortion.
ඔබේ ගබ්සාව නීති විරෝධී වීම ඔබේ හැඟීම්වලට බලපෑවාද?
It made me feel ostracized, and before I found out about Women on Web, I was really nervous about the potential danger in going to an illegal clinic and having it done there by someone who I couldn't be sure was a professional.
ඔබේ ගබ්සාවට අනෙක් අය ප්රතිචාර දැක්වූයේ කෙසේද?
I told one friend, who was with me when I took the medicines, and although we didn't agree about my decision, my friend was still very supportive.
Do you have children?
What is your religion?
I had an abortion, so that I could heal.
La vdd no creo que sea malo soy una mujer casada y tengo un precioso hijo pero…
I had a surgical, had two kids, and then had medical abortion.
Fue la mejor decicion para todos pero eso no cambia que yo amaba a mi bebe
Fiz um aborto - E me senti aliviada.Cada dia que me deito para dormir, fico…
Força, tudo que precisa!
Enfim, vou contar minha história com muita paz no meu coração e na minha vida.
Ser solidária com quem abortou e defender a descriminalização jamais me fez…
Fue una decisión de vida
O dono do meu corpo e do meu destino sou eu, e não a sociedade hipócrita e…
Jestem w stałym związku od 7lat. Mam kochającego mężczyznę i mała córeczkę.
I had an abortion
Aborsi adalah satu satunya pilihan terberat yang aku putuskan. Ga mungkin untuk…
My abortion was what needed to be done at that time. Deep down me I know I…
....because my pregnancy was unexpected and I did not want another child. My…
w wieku 20 lat. Byłam za młoda, mam wielkie plany na przyszłość, nie chciałam…
The first time I was too young the next I was old enough to know I had no right…