I am 27 years old and found out recently I was pregnant.

I am 27 years old and found out recently I was pregnant. After speaking with my boyfriend, he more or less convinced me that the only way to go with this is abortion, as we both still live at home, and although we have reasonable jobs, we will not have the finance to both move out and support a child. I am therefore booked in for an abortion under general anaesthetic tomorrow. I made an initial appointment for a medical procedure but just could not face knowing what was going on. Although I know it is practically the right thing to do, I know that deep down it is not really what I want. However I know that my boyfriend will not be so supportive if I were to change my mind. I feel so alone and scared about the whole situation I don't want to live the rest of my life with regret either way. I haven't even been able to bring myself to tell my mum, as I think she would tell me everything would be fine if I wanted to keep it and she would help me. I know this is for the best in the long run, but it sure doesn't feel like it now, and I am just full of fear for the future. Editor’s note: Thanks for sharing your story with us…It may be that you have gone through with your appointment now; but you may not have. I sense a deep ambivalence in you; you already know you don’t want to do it and I fear that if you have gone through with it, you’ll be struggling with your decision. Whether you have a medical or surgical abortion, you still know what’s happened. How can we not know? It’s a profound experience. What you really want is for your boyfriend to say, ‘We can manage, we can be a family, we’ll get by whatever it takes…’, don’t you? Sadly, some men don’t see the emotional price a woman can pay if she chooses an unwanted abortion when she’s under pressure from circumstances. If you’re struggling now, or still have time to choose because you didn’t go through with it, please get in touch with a centre, or ring the helpline, to talk through your situation.

This story was sent in on 21/03/2009

Next/previous Abortion story

Most read stories about abortion

Free help & support

If you're struggling through a situation similar to this Abortion story, or have been affected by issues in the past, no matter how long ago, help is available.

Get free, sensitive & confidential help - find your nearest centre:

Tell your story

Telling your story to others can be difficult but rewarding and you may just help somebody going through the same thing:

Tell your story →

Story Tags

Tags help you find stories more relevant to your situation - main tags are at the top with more specific tags below:

Abortion Miscarriage


medical abortion surgical abortion abortion 4 weeks abortion 5 weeks abortion 6 weeks abortion 7 weeks abortion 8 weeks abortion 9 weeks abortion 10 weeks abortion 11 weeks abortion 12 weeks abortion 13 weeks abortion 14 weeks abortion 15 weeks abortion 16 weeks abortion 17 weeks abortion 18 weeks abortion 19 weeks abortion at 20 weeks abortion at 21 weeks abortion 22 weeks abortion at 23 weeks bpas failed medical abortion marie stopes planned parenthood

Story Categories

Click the following links to see stories in these categories: