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Note: The Exhale Pro-Voice After-Abortion Stories Hub includes people’s stories of their experiences and emotions, exactly as they have written them in. We do not edit these stories at all, and the content that follows this message is exactly as we received it. We know that people’s experiences are complex, and these stories reflect the many emotions they may be feeling after their abortions. From relief to grief, and everything in between, and all at the same time, we’re here for you.


I was 18 & engaged when I found out I was pregnant, now I am 66 years old.

My only “excuse” for having an abortion is I would have been 5 months pregnant at my wedding. Looking back, I realize how stupid I was. If I was in love with the man I was marrying–and I was–then why did I abort the proof of our love?

The real reason for my abortion was that I was afraid of what my parents, his parents, and our other wedding guests would think of me. It wasn’t “o.k.”, like everybody said.

It would be, and for many years, I couldn’t forgive myself. Now, my husband has died, my kids are grown, and I am alone. I don’t know why, but I am convinced my child was the daughter I always wanted, and never had. Either way, I known I will find out when I die and am reunited with my child.

Submitted by: Chris

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