A little over a month ago, on January 2nd, I found out I was pregnant. I am currently engaged to the love of my life, and our wedding is 6 months away. When I found out I was pregnant, I had NO idea what to do. I had a mini panic attack and headed to work like it was any other day. After I told my fiance, we both didn't know what to do. We knew keeping it would mean cancelling the wedding, disappointing our families, financially killing ourselves, and so many more things. I ultimately decided we shouldn't keep the baby. My fiance completely supported me, and said he thought... Read more
Sharing Our Stories: Exhale’s National Pro-Voice Tour
Sharing Our Stories: Exhale’s National Pro-Voice Tour
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We are women who come from all walks of life and who have diverse personal experiences with abortion. And, we are all pro-voice. We want every person who has experienced abortion to feel connected, heard and understood.
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We can’t do this alone. We need you - our friends, family and allies - to join us in creating more supportive, respectful conversations about abortion on campuses and in our every-day lives. We’re on Twitter to connect with each of you. Let’s talk!
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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)
—Amanda Jo 2 months 5 days ago
It was August 2013. I had just turned 21, and I was living with my boyfriend of a year. I had just gotten a great new job and a new place, and life was good. That was until I found out I was pregnant.
Since then, my life has been turned upside down. I had a feeling I was pregnant. I was immediately sick, and I could just tell. The two dark lines staring back at me on the test, days before my expected period, confirmed it. And I was excited. It's weird to say that now. But I was excited. I rubbed my stomach and talked to it. I thought about what gender it would be and figured... Read more—Zoey Ward 2 months 1 week ago
i've been with my boyfriend for 5 years, and honestly we had never really used birth control. We've tried condoms and the patch, but mostly we relied on withdrawal. Something was bound to happen eventually, and I ended up pregnant at 22.
I kept switching back between keeping the baby or getting an abortion, but in the end I felt that we were too young to provide the best for our baby. My boyfriend said that he supported whatever decision I made, but it still makes me feel like some kind of monster.
I actually had the abortion yesterday (1/25/14) at a Planned... Read more—C S 2 months 3 weeks ago
Almost a year ago I was exploring the sandy shores of New Zealand with my boyfriend, with whom I had been with for only a handful of months. While in New Zealand, we found out I was pregnant and immediately gushed in the love of the life we had created. He and my unborn child were my world. Together we were great, but for some reason I was hesitant to tell more people about our baby. My boyfriend would ask me why I hadn’t told my family yet, and I would always come up with excuses. I mostly relied on the excuse that I wanted to wait until three months to share the news with anyone. I... Read more—Julia Gray 2 months 3 weeks ago
The internet, online support, isn't it amazing? This is my first time on this website and I am hopeful that this can be a step in a better direction. I have been googling "post abortion depression" "post abortion counseling", and many others. A search engine has become my last resort.
I am 20 years old and had my abortion on November 23, 2013. Tomorrow will mark 6 weeks.
I became pregnant with my child the first time my boyfriend and I had sex. We spent the weekend together. Once the weekend ended, I just knew. I took plan b, like I have many other... Read more—Rachael MMMM 3 months 2 weeks ago
I'm 28 years old, and yesterday I had an abortion. And I can't help but reflect on what a wild ride it has been.
Two and a half years ago I really thought I had my life figured out. A husband, a dog and cat, a cute apartment, a fulfilling job....a hopeful future filled with partnership.
In May of this year, my husband left....after a long year of us "trying to work it out". He suffered from serious depression as well as a hormonal disorder that kept him infertile. When we met, I thought it was really awesome he couldn't have kids. I was never really... Read more—Madrone Gismondi 3 months 3 weeks ago
I was 23 years old and in a management training program at a bank in Connecticut. I had a sweet boyfriend who loved me. We worked together in the bank so were keeping our romantic relationship a secret.
I never dreamed I could get pregnant, yet I knew immediately that the test result would be positive. I also knew I would get an abortion. I was smart, educated, career minded. I was adamantly pro choice - my politics were feminist, democratic, liberal - I could not fathom the ideal of stopping my career to have a child at 23.
Yet...I was thrilled at the idea that I was... Read more—Sally Hammel 4 months 6 days ago
This is the first time I've been able to write about my experience. I've been afraid to begin the story. I haven't known where to begin and I've been nervous that I won't know when to end. Mostly I'm afraid that I'll forget something really important. Most people in my life believe that I had a miscarriage. It wasn't so hard to believe. When I was 10 weeks pregnant I got in a bad car accident in February after fighting with the baby's father. I was sobbing at an extremely busy intersection because I wanted to carry my baby and raise my... Read more—moon beam 4 months 2 weeks ago
I'm not sure if others feel this way, I'm not sure if this is what the blog is for. But this is the first voice I"m giving to the experience, an experience I endured alone, completely. And I figured exhale was an appropriate word for this form of expression....
There we sit
A hodgepodge of women
Some merely girls
By the darker side
One nobody else could ever
So different for each one
In hue and shape
And dimension, perhaps... Read more—Nawa Goberre 5 months 2 days ago
Almost two years ago I found out I was pregnant and would find myself having an abortion. Let me begin on my situation leading up to the day.
I was 25 at the time single parent of six year old daughter. I feel that I am pretty much a responsible person knowing that I have been taking care of myself and my daughter since the age of 18. Then one day I found myself in a whirl wind relationship with someone who I hardly knew (besides friends of friends). I was not on contraceptives at the time because my medical insurance from the state was denied until the month of February, so I... Read more—Kasi S 5 months 2 weeks ago
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