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The goal of Sharing Our Stories is to let every woman who has had an abortion know that she is not alone. Please join us by posting a message that conveys your support and respect for every woman who has had an abortion. Let’s take a public stand, and together, we can let every woman who has had an abortion know that she is loved. (Each story will be reviewed by a moderator before they go live on the website, and not all stories will be posted. Stories that are selected to appear on the website will be ones that honor wellbeing and display our community values.) See Exhale's Community Guidelines)

  • terminated to protect family

    A lightning bolt sears into a tree trunk. It splits and a big part dies; further it infects the part that remains alive. I aborted my child at 12 weeks 5 days of pregnancy after learning of multiple infidelities on the part of the father, coupled with a continuation of lies and an inevitable court management of the child's paternal visitation. I have 3 children from my marriage (divorced) and I felt I was being selfish in keeping the child, as I began to only see the father of my unborn child as a threat. The father and I had been dating for 4 years and only during the course of my... Read more

     
     
  • Navigating the Waters

    When I was 19, I got pregnant with my long-term boyfriend. I knew right away, even before I missed my period. Who knew a maternal instinct kicked in, even when you weren't ready? I didn't want to tell my family, and instead, he and I tried to navigate the abortion process in a quick and affordable way. I went to planned parenthood and was referred to a clinic where the abortion would take place. I walked into the clinic and quickly realized it was a pro-life center. I was approached by multiple women who wanted to "counsel" me, and I just got up and told them I had to... Read more

     
     
  • Sadness, grief, guilt and betrayal

    I had a forced abortion not too long ago. My ex scared me into having an abortion by saying I will be shunned by both of our families and the church. He was not supportive when I spoke to him about the pregnancy nor was he willing to accept the fact that he was going to be a father. Out of pressure, fear and anxiety I had the abortion. I was foolish to believe him and until this very day I cannot sleep at night with my ex walking out of my life and my baby gone. It was a gut wrenching experience and I kept asking God, "Why? Why, is this happening?" I could not even bring myself... Read more

     
     
  • My surgical abortion

    I realized that I am experiencing Post Abortion Stress Syndrome from my surgical abortion that I had, almost 9 months ago now. I am a part of the P.A.S.S. website and groups, which so far, are helping. My boyfriend encouraged me to find some help, which I love him for. I am posting my story on here to help others who may be experiencing the same thing but don’t have a name for it or think that others may be experiencing the same thing as them.

    **Let be known, I am PRO-CHOICE and have always been pro-choice. I know the history behind the term, P.A.S.S. however, it is what I... Read more

     
     
  • My "due date" approaching

    April 11 was my sisters birthday and a day that I will never forget. We were headed back from the mountains when the night prior, my boyfriend looked at me and asked me if I was pregnant because I was acting emotional, jokingly, I said no because I never really thought it was possible. That entire car ride home I could not wait to get to my apartment and take a pregnancy test to see if his jokes became reality. Months prior, him and I had spoken about getting on birth control… But I hated the way that it made me feel. He assured me that if we had gotten pregnant that we would keep it... Read more

     
     
  • It Feels Like I'm at a Funeral that Hasn't Happened Yet

    Good Day

    Firstly to the authors of this website, God bless you. In an information age and in a world where so many can feel connected and alone all at once, your work and efforts have saved so many lives (including mine), where I was at a point I had lost all hope in the world. My story is as follows, and I pray it gives another couple or mother the hope and strength they will need to get through this difficult time...

    The day you realise your world as you know it as changed forever is a startling one. One that hits you like a ton of bricks, one when you question how the rest... Read more

     
     
  • Mixed Emotions

    It was shocking to me, when I saw those two lines in late October. I saw the test in a bag in my closet, knowing that I actually was not supposed to start my period until the next day. But I took it just for fun really. Not expecting anything. But I saw those two lines about a half an hour before 6. At first I did not believe it. I only took it because I was bored and did have anything else to do.

    Earlier that morning, my boyfriend and I were in the car and he mentioned something about a proposition, and it would not fund the local planned parenthood. Which he agreed with, as a... Read more

     
     
  • Surgical abortion at 7 weeks

    Yesterday I had a surgical abortion with IV sedation at 7 weeks pregnant. I want to share my experience. I'm a mid 30's mother of two. I found out I was pregnant and struggled with what decision to make. My two boys (fraternal twins) were both diagnosed with autism, one severe who doesn't speak, around age 4 & 5. I went in to talk with my gynecologist and was given some harsh numbers when it came to the probability that the next baby would have a neurological disorder and autism, 50% due to just siblings having it and then the chances went up with my age. My doctor also... Read more

     
     
  • Feeling Lost

    A lttle over a year ago I had an abortion. I was 22 and just started my career when I found out I was pregnant. I felt as though I had no other choice but abortion. The father wanted nothing to do with it. He was more than willing to pay. my mother was also for the abortion. in her mind I was 23 just starting my career and still living at home.I thought that my stepfather would have kicked me out and I was in no way able to support my self let alone a child, I was in a battle with my self. In my head logically my best chance was to get rid of it. but in my heart I wanted to keep it. I... Read more

     
     
  • My Story

    Well early last may of 2016 a couple months before for my 18th birthday, I knew something was up my body was different, I felt sick all the time, I knew I was pregnant and I panicked. So me and a close friend took a pregnancy test. Here's came out negative mine came out positive I remember being so in shock I could hardly move. Then the doctor gave me options, I remember her saying congrats " your about to be a mommy I know your only 17 you'll be fine , I quickly said give me the nearest abortion centers, and I could tell the doctor looked kinda shocked. But gaved them... Read more

     
     

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