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Abortion: Personal Stories

It's a life-changing and sometimes life-saving procedure, and those who have experienced it feel a plethora of emotions, from relief to loss. After the Supreme Court overturned Roe, we present stories of those who've undergone the procedure. A Texas teen talks about her time spent at a crisis pregnancy center, a trans man explains his decision after his sexual assault and a pro-life advocate describes her regret after ending a pregnancy. Men also open up about their internal conflict.

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Abortion: Personal Stories
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    Voices and Experiences

    I had an abortion at 22. This is my story.

    I had an abortion at 22. This is my story.

    "Some people may not agree with my decision, but I stand by it. I do want you to know that people who have abortions have feelings too." This isn’t …

    Retracing the Steps of My Abortion

    Retracing the Steps of My Abortion

    Before Roe v. Wade was all but overturned, before Texas's worst abortion restrictions, these are the challenges one Texas teen faced. This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. Makayla Montoya Frazier found out she was pregnant on her 19th birthday. Her relationship was unstable …

    Our Abortion Stories

    Our Abortion Stories

    With abortion rights under attack, ELLE brought together five members of Congress perhaps most qualified to discuss the issue—because they’ve been there themselves. In this piece, originally published in May 2022, five members of Congress gathered to discuss their personal abortion stories. Today, …

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