26 Abortion Stories

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The same woman can wake up one morning with regret, the next with relief—most have feelings too knotty for a picket sign. “There’s no room,” one woman told us, “to talk about being unsure.”

Though its author is clearly pro-choice, this New York Magazine piece about abortion presents the experiences of twenty-six women without agenda or artifice.

In their own words, American women from a variety of backgrounds and geographical locations explain the incredible range of emotions they’ve felt—from relief to guilt to resentment to peace—about pregnancies they have and haven’t brought to term.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →