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November 30th, 2006

sjc80 @ 12:38 am: I had an abortion in March of this year. I am in a committed relationship and do want to have children with the man. When I found out I was pregnant, I was devastated. Both of us are still in school and having a baby would have prevented me from finishing school (a bunch of reasons). We decided that it was not the right time for us to have this baby and I had an abortion. I have dealt well with the decision.

Since then my boyfriend and I have gotten engaged and feel we made the right decision. It was hard this fall because I was doing a clinical rotation in labour and delivery (i'm in nursing school) right around the time I would have been due. I was a little werided out by that, thinking that it could very well be me there having a baby, rather than there as a student. Very surreal experience. Even in the face of that, I still think I made the right decision.

August 29th, 2006

versacelitterbx @ 04:26 pm: I sat down and watched the Pro-Choice/Anti-Choice episode of 30 Days last night. It's hard for me watch stuff like this usually and right away I got a feeling of anxiety. I took some deep breaths and watched the entire thing.

Jennifer is my hero. She is so strong and so brave to go on national tv and tell her story and then have to deal with such an environment for 30 days. I can barely stand to walk by a so-called pregnancy crisis center or any sort of anti-choice propaganda without wanting to be ill. But seeing Jennifer talk about her abortion and then sit through those meetings with such ignorant people telling her how she killed someone, made me want to give her a hug. She is so strong to have done that. I wish that I had that kind of strength. I can barely see an anti-choice propaganda poster without feeling guilty.

I really want to meet her and talk with her about her experience and just try to find that kind of strength that she has. She was truly an inspiration.

On another note,...there were parts of it that made me scream at the tv. Like when the woman said "Oh, you sell abortion?". I swear,..what an idiot. Or when the protesters were screaming at the women going into the clinics....made me want to punch someone. I loved how Jennifer wore her pro-choice shirt to the clinic and Pastor Al just kind of laughed. I swear. I hate ignorance.

June 30th, 2006

lux_atomica @ 09:32 am: I started dating a guy who is pro-life. He knows that I had an abortion with my ex's baby and despite the fact that he doesn't agree with what I did (I intend to post the story later), he respects my decision.

Still, he asks me to 'keep quiet' about it around his family members. I don't brag about what I did, but he wants me to act like it never happened if it should ever somehow come up.

It's like he's ashamed about it, while I'm not.

Anyone else ever have this problem?

Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

May 26th, 2006

versacelitterbx @ 11:44 pm: It's been 6 years since my abortion, and all of a sudden I find myself absolutely obsessed with pregnancy. I'm so fascinated and amazed that I am having thoughts of becoming a midwife.

I feel absolutely crazy.

April 28th, 2006

vane @ 01:58 pm: My story
My story is not unique however I do feel that it is different in that my husband and I planned our pregnancy and very much wanted a child, however, this is our story...

I'm not sorryCollapse )

Current Mood: calmcalm

March 8th, 2006

kingyummy @ 07:16 pm: Hi,
I'm new here. I'm 29 and I've had 2 abortions: one in May 2000, when I was waiting to find out if I'd got into university, and one in 2005, shortly after I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
I've made some bad decisions in my life, but my abortions were not among them: they were two of the best decisions I ever made in my life, and I'm not ashamed of them. I have told plenty of people about them, and I really hope that by doing so I change people's ideas about abortion a tiny bit, and maybe encourage others to be honest about their abortions: why should we be ashamed? We've done nothing bad or wrong!

The first time, I knew immediately upon learning that I was pregnant that I wanted rid of it: I made up my mind there and then that if I couldn't get a legal abortion, I would get an illegal one or I would do it myself or die trying.
I know it sounds melodramatic, but I really did feel like my body was a battleground - like I was going to have to fight the z/e/f for the right to occupy my body.
I'm very lucky that I live in the UK and I was able to get a termination relatively easily. The sense of relief when the procedure was over was overwhelming: I had my life back and it seemed like a miracle.

The second time I found out I was pregnant, I was initially unsure of what I wanted to do.
I went to the sexual health clinic in Oxford, where I live, and spoke to a nurse and to a doctor, neither of whom tried to sway me one way or another. They gave me the number for the nearest Marie Stopes clinic, and when I got home I called them and made an appointment for a surgical termination with conscious sedation.
The man I spoke to on the phone emphasised that I was under no obligation to have the termination and that I could change my mind at any point up to the procedure itself. I talked it through very thoroughly with friends, and gave it a lot of thought, and eventually decided that I did not want to have a child, so I had the termination.

Both times it went very smoothly. The first time the doctor was a very kind Italian man; the second time, the anaesthetist was Indian, and very kind, and the doctor was English and also really nice. On neither occasion did I have any pain. Conscious sedation is a lot like being drunk, so that was weird. No hangover, though, which is good!

I had an IUD fitted when I had the second abortion, so I won't be having any more unplanned pregnancies.

I cannot emphasise enough how positive both of my terminations have been. Okay, my life isn't perfect now, but God knows it would be unlivable if I'd been forced to have either of those babies.

I've had 2 abortions, and I'm not sorry!

Rachel.


February 13th, 2006

killgirlswatch @ 02:28 pm: For those who are keeping up with my email conversations with Missouri State Representative Ryan Silvey (rep_silvey, and I'm the only friend listed...), he has decided to not respond to my emails and start responding in my journal. He's also not responding to the issues, only to the personal drama.

I believe it is my civic duty to let fellow citizens know what their elected officials are up to, even if they aren't your elected official.

I have posted every single exchange in this entry in my journal, and behind the cut is what we've said.

Prepare to bang your head against the wallCollapse )

January 15th, 2006

versacelitterbx @ 01:13 pm: Recently I found out a good friend of mine is pregnant. And I've found that it's very triggering so I'll put the rest behind hereCollapse )

Also, on another note, I'm taking my partner to see "When Abortion Was Illegal" next Saturday for the 33th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I want to make my anti-choice friends go too, but I don't think that will help.

x-posted in one other pro-choice community

November 20th, 2005

ironed_orchid @ 02:43 am: not traumatised at all
This is xposted from my own journal. Someone suggested that I should post it here as well.

This is a my story about my abortion. It's an attempt to put together some of the facts and to remember how I felt at the time. I should perhaps warn readers that I was, and still am, quite ok with the fact that I had an abortion and that if I found myself pregnant, I might do it again.

[edited for the imnotsorry readers -Please note: All the event that are described took place in Perth, Western Australia. Our abortion laws may not be the same as your abortion laws. I provided a link to some information about our abortion laws where it was appropriate to do so in my story.]

Now, my story:Collapse )

December 13th, 2005

versacelitterbx @ 02:40 am: Oi Vey.

So I was looking at different vegetarian/vegan/veg*n communities and I stumbled across a Pro-Life Vegetarian community. Why do I torture myself and go and read it? I don't friggin know. But I suppose I was curious. Part of me feels that if you are going to be anti-choice you should be a vegetarian?? It makes sense in my messed up mind. Anyway, so some girl in the community was talking about how she handed out pamphlets in front of Planned Parenthood. I just don't understand that at all. Planned Parenthood does a million and three things *other* than perform abortions. Their whole point is to try to prevent abortion. Condoms, accurate sex ed, EC, all try to lower the number of abortions. So why would that be a bad thing? So I posted a comment,...I couldn't help myself. But I felt that the girl making the post was being judgmental in saying that everyone who went in, was going for an abortion. Why couldn't someone be going in for their annual exam? Or for birth control? I just don't understand that kind of ignorance.

sorry for the rant. if it's not appropriate you can delete it. i just needed to get it off my chest.

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