Looking Back at My Abortion: 4 Women Share Their Stories (VIDEO)

abortion story"I wish we could all just put down our picket signs and talk to each other." That's the plea of one woman who bravely told the story of her abortion. To mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, CNN's iReport invited women to tell their abortion stories. What resulted was a flood of devastatingly emotional and complicated personal stories.

"Right" or "wrong," abortion is something women do. And however you feel about abortion, you cannot walk away from these stories without feeling the profound impact it's had on these women's lives. What looms larger than what led to their decisions is what happens after, whether it's torment, regret, relief, or redemption. We've found four videos with different perspectives. All four of these stories gave me chills. Take a look -- and maybe share with a friend or family member.

"If I knew then what I know now." Christie had two abortions, one at 15 and another at 18. She wonders how abortion affects men and boys, and she also answers the question, if she knew then what she knows now, would she have gotten those abortions?

"I had an abortion and I have no regrets." Sarah had an abortion when she was 16 years old. Now she volunteers at an abortion clinic and does abortion advocacy.

"I turned my back on God." This woman says she literally had to shut God out of her life because she knew abortion was wrong. She didn't expect how painful and emotionally difficult it would be. She talks about her road to redemption and healing.

"Let's listen and share experiences." Renee had been on birth control since she was 16 with her verbally-abusive boyfriend of three years when she became pregnant at 19. Even though she felt it was the best decision for herself, she feared being judged by other people. Now she volunteers at a clinic so other women won't feel alone.

Have you ever shared or heard other women share their abortion stories? How did those stories make you feel?


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laure... laurenemb

Bravo to those brave women for sharing their stories. Regardless of your personal opinions, you can't hate them for sharing what was an incredibly difficult decision for all of them.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

Different perspectives, all showing the same thing. Abortion is NOT an easy decision. You get scared shitless. Sometimes people have a hard time getting over it, sometimes they don't- both sides were shown here. 

Ultimately, as Christie said in her video- it's not an easy out. It's not a simple decision, but it's more than likely not one you have to make. It's probably not something you would choose for yourself, but that doesn't mean other women shouldn't also have that choice.

nonmember avatar momof3girls

I'm very strongly prolife and my heart goes out to these women and I just want to hug and cry with them. I might disagree with their choices, but I believe in a God that forgives and heals like the 3rd lady in the video talks about (what a powerful testimony). It is not an easy decision and I respect that. My prayers go out these women for healing.

Mommi... MommietoJB

Its good for women to talk about their abortion experiences, we as women need to be understanding about every womans choice.

nonmember avatar asho

I had an abortion at 16
I feel like it was probably the best thing I could have done for the child at the time considering I was heavily abusing alclhol and hadn't eavan noticed I was pregnant for 4 months, however the thought that I killed someone has never left my mind espeacialy now that i'm 28 and have an 8 year old daughter. I'm sure it will continue to haunt me,eavan thogh i'm sure it was for the best.

nonmember avatar Debbie

Feel sorry for any woman who beats herself up over her decision. Not one person in the world is happy to do it, but once its done, there is no point in dwelling on it. That only leads to self-loathing, which is a waste of energy. If a woman is unable to cope with her decision, she needs to use that negative energy and put it to some kind of worthy cause.

Angie... AngieHayes

Women have the right to make these decisions for themselves, nobody should be able to tell you different.

Sermattei Genga

the mother who says she doesnt regret aborting her child looks so sad, and very stressed...in line with post traumatic stress disorder. we pray she gets counseling soon.

nonmember avatar michelle

I can understand there are times where women feel the only option is abortion. But I will never understand someone ( my sister in law)who gets an abortion because they use the excuse of not wanting to gain weight but not use any birth control either because they fear of also gaining weight in that way as well. Then to have the audacity when she hears of someone being pregnant and judging that person on having their baby saying they should just get an abortion. That to me is just plain heartless.

Catt Mantooth

I was 15 when I had mine. Not only am I happy about it, I am thankful that I don't have to have any thing to do with the "LOSER" of the father,, who was infact 5 years older than me and to this day; (NOW I AM 31) still lives with his parents. I am glad to have my real man who is  4 months older than me, with the children we share, equal as parents. 

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