Heartbroken after 12-week abortion at 15 years old

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I just turned 15. It’s December 2022. My period was 3 weeks late I was terrified.

I walked to our local shoppers drug mart, and with the little money I had, bought 2 pregnancy tests. When I got home, I took them and they were both positive. I had a pregnancy scare a couple months before, but it was nothing. Now I’m actually pregnant. And a 15 year old girl.

Last time my boyfriend said that we are way to young, and that if I was pregnant I should get an abortion. I—being the feminist I am—really needed to think about what I was going to do. After a long week of thinking, I decided that I was going to get an abortion.

I took the pill. Ever since then I feel terrible. I can’t get over the guilt of knowing I killed my child. My own flesh and blood. I can never tell my mother. As a mom at 16, she doesn’t believe in abortions. My boyfriend can’t understand what I’m going through as he never wanted the child in the first place.

I was 12-weeks pregnant when I had the abortion. It’s been a little over a week since. I’m heartbroken, and I’m still trying to figure out how to live with myself.

Submitted by: Liv

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