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Abortion is a common and safe medical procedure. But abortion is surrounded by stigma in our society. 

Stigma keeps people silent about their personal experiences, and silence feeds public complacency with political attacks and destructive myths. Help us say goodbye to stigma by learning more.

Jessie's Story

Jessie's Story

This young woman was terrified when she found out she was pregnant. But she was able to get the abortion care she needed at Planned Parenthood. She is sharing her story to end the shame and stigma surrounding this common medical procedure.

Erin's Story

Erin's Story

Erin explains how access to safe, legal abortion allowed her to finish college and law school, and fulfill her dreams and goals.

#ShoutYourAbortion stories

#ShoutYourAbortion stories

This woman turned to Planned Parenthood when she realized she was pregnant.

Myths and Facts About Abortion

Who has abortions?

About half of all pregnancies in the U.S. each year are unintended, and 4 in 10 of these are ended by medically safe, legal abortions — which means that all different sorts of people, of different ages, experience abortion. 60% of women seeking abortions already have children. 73% are religiously affiliated. 69% live in poverty. 88% have their abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Why do women have abortions?

The reasons women give for having an abortion underscore their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. 75% of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals; 73% say they cannot afford a child; 69% say that having a baby would interfere with work, school, or the ability to care for existing children; 48% say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner; and 38% have completed childbearing.

Is abortion dangerous?

A first-trimester abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with minimal risk. At any stage in gestation, carrying a pregnancy to term is more risky (at least 10x) than having a safe abortion. First-trimester abortions pose virtually no risk of infertility, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, birth defect, or preterm delivery or low birth weight (of subsequent pregnancies). Exhaustive reviews by panels convened by the U.S. and British governments have concluded that there is no association between abortion and breast cancer, or any other cancers. The risk of mental health problems is no greater for someone having a first-trimester abortion than if they carry the pregnancy to term.

Dr. David Preskill talks about what it was like before abortion was legal