Ashley Engbrecht

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At the young age of 17, I was the victim of sexual assault. There is nothing more terrifying than someone taking your control from you in the most viscious way possible. As a result of this incident, I became pregnant. I was so ashamed and full of fear, as I didn't want this for myself or ask for it in any way. I didn't tell anyone but my mother. I didn't tell anyone as I feared backlash from friends who were clearly against it, but I knew what was right for me, and it was not to graduate high school carrying a child of rape. I was able to receive access to misoprostol at a planned parenthood facility. Two days later I miscarried in the most painful event I've ever experienced. My mother rushed me to the hospital to receive treatment. The judgement and negativity I received from certain nurses was almost unbearable, I am glad I was doped up on morphine for most of the night. All I felt from then on was shame.. Am I monster? I am now 23 years old and I look back, healed but scarred, and see what I have accomplished, who I've become, and who I will be because I had the opportunity and choice to change my destiny. I wasn't destined to be a mother at 17. Many times after my experience I had friends go through the same thing. Only then did I share my story for the first time and realize I wasn't alone. What I did should not be shamed. I will graduate from college in May and start graduate school for Early Childhood Education in the fall.

2010 United States

What were your feelings about doing the abortion/s?

I felt so many different feelings at once. I was confident in my decision but I've never felt anything so heart wrenching in my life. It was still I tough choice, but one I am glad I made.

How did you do the abortion?

Painful, but I believe the pain I experienced is not common. I had no complications following the process.

What was your situation at this time?

Ako reagovali na váš potrat iní ľudia?

I have kept it very much a secret. I have only told people who I knew would be supportive, as I feared ridicule. 6 years after the abortion, I finally told my father. He was very compassionate and supportive, which surprised me with his conservative views. Many of my family and friends to this day do not know.

legal/illegal

What is your religion?

Mitzi .

I had an abortion. And i know that was the best choice.

Ana Costa

Fiz o aborto com 7 semanas

Sam

I had a Medical Abortion - Painful Experience, Life Changing

Emily

It isn't and shouldn't be as taboo as it is made out to be.

KiciaKamcia

Nie wahajcie sie, jezeli czujecie ze musicie.. zrobcie to

luz

getting thru the pain.

Karolina

Miałam aborcję

Ana Lu

e vida nova pela frente...

Melodie

J'ai avorté il y a 4 ans et demi

Jora

Fiz um aborto e o momento foi muito delicado. Primeiro que fui procurar os…

Lucille 2

I had an abortion. I got pregnant from a brief relationship and very…

Vivian

I had an abortion 6 months ago.My boyfriend and I were not ready to have a baby.

Maria

Sou dona de mim.

C. Ferreira

Pior dia da minha vida

Angela

Pregnancy and abortion - what a trip.

Rocio Rocio

14 semanas

Nih

Fiz um aborto com 13 semanas , não se desespere vai dar tudo certo !

Hattie Ladd

I have had two abortions. The first one was when I was 20 and the second when I…