The Wireless November 2013
Every woman experiences an abortion in a different way, so we asked some women to share their stories. When they’ve requested it, we have changed their names.
A warning: some of this things discussed in these stories may be upsetting.
Just prior to my 21st birthday I had an abortion. At the time I thought it was the answer to my situation and that it would be quickly forgotten. However, it was not.
For many years I didn’t talk about it very openly, as abortion was and still is something of a taboo subject. So often we look at other people and think they have got it all together, but you never know the journey someone else has travelled.
When I first fell pregnant I wasn’t on any contraception and had gone away with my boyfriend. One thing led to another and I fell pregnant. I had miscalculated my cycle and realised afterwards, but it was too late.
Peter was the father and we were both very young; I was only 20. My emotions were very up and down, I was scared and confused. Would Peter leave me? Would I be bringing up another child without a father?