Sylvie Shene

Share your story

1979 Portugal

What were your feelings about doing the abortion/s?

How did you do the abortion?

it was okay

What was your situation at this time?

Ngaba ukungabikho mthethweni kokuqhomfa kwakho kuchaphazele iimvakalelo zakho?

Yes

A Life-Saving Experience


Thank you for asking people to share their abortion stories. I believe that the only way we can remove the stigma surrounding abortion is to let people share their stories in public and have an open, honest dialogue.

Abortion was a life-saving experience for me. I had just turned 20 years old in 1979, when I found out that I was pregnant. I was already living in an emotional prison with my family in Portugal, and having a child at that time would have robbed me of any chance to free myself. My child wouldn’t have fared any better: He or she would have lived a life of poverty with an emotionally unavailable mother.

Abortion was illegal then, and my whole family was against it. If they had found out about my condition, there’s no doubt in my mind they would have forced me to carry my pregnancy to term by any means possible, including locking me up or giving me drugs.

Fortunately, I found a midwife who was willing to give me the abortion I needed, although I got a bad infection from the procedure and had to go to the Emergency Room. Shortly thereafter, I moved away from my family and liberated myself from the traumatic emotional bonds that tied me to them.

The moment I found out that I was pregnant, I knew in my heart that abortion was the best choice for me. I was very comfortable with my decision, and I’m still confident that I did absolutely the best thing by not bringing an innocent new being into my set of circumstances.

The way I look at it, abortion is a private choice between a woman and her conscience that has very little impact on society. On the other hand, violence and abuse against unwanted children create a huge burden on humanity. If more people thought about this, I think they’d see that people who are against abortion are actually supporting cruelty against children.

The only bad feelings I had about my abortion was that it was illegal. No woman should have to go underground to decide what’s right for her. I still feel angry that I had to hide from everyone. I strongly believe that abortion should be available to every woman who wants one, and that politicians and religious fanatics have no business controlling women or putting us down.

legal/illegal

Do you have children?

What is your religion?

A.

Pomimo zastosowanej antykoncepcji, zaszłam w ciążę. Brałam tabletki.

Sara

Abortar era la decisión que debía tomar...

Maria Madalena

Fiz um aborto e me sinto muito, muito aliviada!!!

Alice

This is how it went for me

Sol

Yo interrumpí un embarazo no deseado.

y.enedi

yo decidi un aborto,

Raqueli

misto de melancolia e alívio

Priscilla Silva

Oi, bom é tanta coisa pra falar ... mas vamos lá! Abortei em Março dia 17

kate swanson

I didn't intend it to, but safe, legal abortion played a huge part in my family…

Ka

O dono do meu corpo e do meu destino sou eu, e não a sociedade hipócrita e…

Вика а

I had an abortion я сделала аборт и не жалею. это бил правильный выбор. Я…

laura micaela

Yoo aborte fue complicado porque pense q no iva a conseguir las medicinas, pero…

Cristina

No fue bueno pero fue lo mejor.

Abigail

2 miesiące po aborcji. Moje życie wróciło do normy. Jest dobrze..

K

I was extremely lucky to find a safe place for my abortion.

Sara

"#AbortoLegalYa" era tendencia número uno en redes mientras yo lo hacía…

Julia

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Belen

Mi experiencia con Oxaprost. 7 semanas.

Naii C

Era apenas uma menina de 16 anos, não usava anticoncepcional mantinha relação…