“I was 42 years old and had married a terrific guy 1 1/2 years prior. We had already had 2 miscarriages, but we desperately wanted to be parents. After my amniocentesis at 17 weeks, we found out she had a very rare chromosome abnormality called Trisomy 9 mosaic. At first, I couldn’t contemplate the idea of an abortion. I had always believed in a woman’s right to her own choice (I was 18 when Roe vs. Wade was passed), but I did everything I could to be sure I wouldn’t have to
“On a Tuesday in December 2018, I terminated a much-wanted pregnancy for medical reasons via dilation and extraction. That Friday, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 145 into law, making dilation and extraction procedures illegal in my home state of Ohio. My husband and I were thrilled to discover we were pregnant again in September of 2018. We had miscarried our first pregnancy earlier that year and were lucky enough to get pregnant again quickly. At eight weeks pregnant we
“I had an abortion at age 32. My husband and I who have been married for six years were over the moon when we learned I was pregnant. It was not planned, but very welcomed. After focusing on our legal careers for seven years, we were ready for this next step. About 14 weeks into the pregnancy, we received the results of our genetic testing. To our shock, we learned that both my husband and I have two recessive genes, both for the same genetic conditions. We immediately went t
“My pregnancy was a bit of a shock. After four kids, me and my husband were pretty much done, but reality hit hard when I found out I was expecting baby number 5 in January 2018. Initially, I had abortion as an option because I already have four kids and my husband and I were struggling financially during the time. It took us a week to think things through but decided to keep the baby and hope for the best. Around 6 weeks pregnant I started to get sick and developed hyperemes
"I feel like my story is somewhat unique but isn’t everyone’s? I wanted my baby. So much. I planned for her for months. I had a very successful and healthy pregnancy and birth already and knew I wanted more kids, at least one more. I knew I wanted them close together as well since their half siblings are so much older. I had already waited longer than I wanted because I had issues ovulating due to nursing my first born daughter. So as soon as I was able we started trying agai
“I am well-educated and raised in a good, responsible family and I faced the abortion dilemma on two occasions. The first time was in 1993 at age 18. Having just graduated and heading off to college, I discovered I was pregnant. I was not mentally nor financially ready to raise a child and could never have given it up for adoption. I had a plan for my life and my career and I decided that an abortion was best for myself, the baby, the baby's father and my family at that time
"Driving up to the building scared shitless. I get out of the car and hear people yelling… cursing… screaming at me, calling me names. I sign in and find chair. I’m looking down at my feet completely ashamed and feeling guilty. I hear this high pitched voice “C---”. I feel like I have been sitting an eternity. I am sat in this small room with three plastic chairs and those thick glass blocks as walls. I had been sitting for hours, waiting to be in that room. I hear a small kn
"In 2008, my husband and I decided it was time to try for baby #2. We were thrilled when I quickly got pregnant. The afternoon after our first ultrasound appointment we shared the news and picture with our family and friends. We shared our joy on Facebook. I told my boss.
The next afternoon while lunching in the park with coworkers, my doctor called. “We need you to come in for a second ultrasound. We found a cystic hygroma and need to take a better look.”
“What does this
"I'm 19 and last October I got pregnant with my second child. My first child, had Turner's syndrome. The first pregnancy was unexpected, but was also heartbreaking when she passed away after birth. After expecting to be a mother, my boyfriend and I tried again, and I got pregnant in October. I went for my early risk ultrasound and the baby was diagnosed with anencephaly, which means the baby has no brain. The doctor advised me to get an abortion because the baby's illness wou
"My husband and I had been married for 5 years when I had to have an abortion. We were trying desperately to get pregnant and had finally decided to start using fertility drugs. I was just getting ready to start my second round and needed to do a pregnancy test before I started the drugs. To my surprise and immense joy it came up positive. My husband and I were so incredible happy we immediately started buying baby items and planning for the birth.
When I went in for my fi