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Stories from our clients

1 in 3 women in the UK will have one or more abortion in their lifetime. Everyone’s story is different.

Stories from our clients

Sharing stories is at the heart of ending the stigma that too many women still feel when it comes to abortion.

This aspect of women’s healthcare is not often talked about in every day conversation. Abortion stigma can make some people feel like their decision must be kept secret and silent. At Marie Stopes UK, we believe that sharing stories is at the heart of ending the stigma that too many women still feel when it comes to abortion care. The women below wanted to share their stories with you, so you can know what to expect, know you are not alone, and feel reassured - whatever your decision may be.

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In the UK, one in three women will have one or more abortion in their lifetime. By sharing our stories women can feel supported in their choice and know they are not alone.

"The moment we start to share our stories is the moment society’s attitude starts to shift."

Amy

I found out I was pregnant when I was at college – my contraception had failed. And I knew straight away that I wanted to have an abortion. I had big plans and children weren’t part of them.

Even though I was completely confident in my choice to have an abortion, I only told a few people at the time. Looking back, I did feel silenced, simply because it wasn’t something people spoke about.

As I grew older, I started to realise that I wasn’t ashamed of my abortion. Lately I've started to tell more people about it. It’s so important that people are able to talk openly about abortion. I know if I heard my friends, family or teachers talk more openly about abortion I would have  felt less alone in my choice.

The moment we start to share our stories is the moment society’s attitude starts to shift. That’s why I feel as though I have a duty to share mine.

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Katriana needed an abortion despite using contraception

Katriana was using the contraceptive pill when she fell pregnant - she desperately searched for other women's stories' but couldn't find any she related to and is now campaigning to #SmashAbortionStigma


"I was in no financial or emotional position to have a child... but most importantly, I didn't want to have a child. Simple as that."

Watch Katriana's Interview on Channel 5 News

"I thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing this service, many women all over the world aren't as fortunate to have options." 

Lisa's story, a client from Manchester 

Lisa's story

Chloe's surgical abortion story 

"I had heard some worrying things about the procedure, but my experience was so much better than I had thought possible"

"From start to finish I was made to feel comfortable and fully informed about the procedure."

Read Chloe's surgical abortion story

"I feel so relieved and really thankful to all the team for easing my nerves and looking after me so well."

"It was big shock but I called Marie Stopes UK and since the very first day they were so helpful and showed a lot of care." 

A client story during lockdown

 

A client story during lockdown

A client story from England

"I was on the pill and had taken it everyday like clockwork so was gobsmacked to see a positive result."

"My daughter was 7 months old when I found out I was 11 weeks pregnant."

 

Read one of client's story

"The staff at Marie Stopes UK were all so kind and considerate - they made a rubbish situation feel slightly more bearable."

"I was absolutely gobsmacked when I saw the two little blue lines on a home pregnancy test, for me and my partner it just wasn’t the right time in our lives."  

A client story from York

A client story from York

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