Medical (pill) abortion that I managed myself
I had my abortion or got my abortion pills from a local hospital or independent health clinic
I sought abortion care from a trusted friend or acquaintance
What was the very first thought in your mind when that pregnancy test was positive?
Describe how you felt in the days after you realized you were pregnant.
What factors did you consider when making a choice?
Who was the most supportive or helpful person or resource during your choice-making process?
Who was the most supportive or helpful person in your life during and after your abortion?
Describe your overall abortion experience:
Scary painful and sad
I took the first pill at the clinic and threw up the day after. After sleeping all day after being sick, I took the 2nd set at 4:30 am. I started contractions at 6am. I passed at 10am n I am on week 5 of bleeding. I believe this is my actual period.
What were your expectations of yourself and others?
I got the support I expected from everyone but my mom
In this section, describe your feelings at the time you had your abortion.
Scared and confused
What about after the abortion? Did your feelings change? What was happening that made you feel this way?
I feel sad because a month later my problems went away
What about the feelings of others? While you might not know exactly what they were feeling, can you explain what you think they might have been feeling?
My partner was scared because of the pain I’m in.
In what way did the choices you made meet your goals for yourself? Do you think the choices you made were aligned with your goals or were they different?
My goal is to be stable enough for a family
What other choices were available to you and why do you think you did not choose them?
I didn’t choose adoption because I loved my baby n couldn’t hand it off
What do you feel now, looking back on the event? If your feelings have changed, how have they changed and why do you think that is?
I feel disappointed in myself
What have you learned about yourself and others as a result of this experience and the way you feel about it?
I’m stronger than I think
What would your expectations be now?
To be in a position to not need abortion anymore
If you were able to go back in time, what would you do differently? What different choices would you make or different actions you would take?
In what ways has your abortion experience changed you?
I’m stronger more focused
Yes, my abortion experience was a catalyst for new goals and a new outlook on life
What have you learned about your ability to make choices?
Even if I’m confused I can make a good decision
Will you make the same choices in the future?
No. I want to accomplish goal so I won’t have to
I changed my priorities about what is important in life.
I have a greater appreciation for the value of my own life.
I have a greater feeling of self-reliance.
I more clearly see who I can count on in times of trouble.
I established a new path for my life.
I know that I can handle difficulties.
I can do better things with my life.
New opportunities are available to me which wouldn’t have been otherwise.
I am more likely to try to change things that need changing.
I have stronger faith in myself.
I discovered that I’m stronger than I thought I was.