Zoe Gillard, 32 Academic administrator Fifteen years ago, when I was 17, I had to have a late-term abortion at 21 weeks. This was obviously hugely upsetting, but particularly because I had always been very conscientious about contraception. I had been taking the pill throughout my relationship with my boyfriend, and when I missed a period, I went straight to my doctor to have a pregnancy test. It came back negative.
Zoe Gillard, 32 Academic administrator Fifteen years ago, when I was 17, I had to have a late-term abortion at 21 weeks. This was obviously hugely upsetting, but particularly because I had always been very conscientious about contraception. I had been taking the pill throughout my relationship with my boyfriend, and when I missed a period, I went straight to my doctor to have a pregnancy test.
It came back negative.
I was hugely relieved. My boyfriend was going away to university, so we split up and I came off the pill. Weirdly, I was still missing periods.
I returned to my doctor, who said that I had nothing to worry about - it was probably due to the hormonal changes of stopping my oral contraception. A short while later, I met someone a few years older than me who had a child, and she confided that she had found out about her pregnancy too late to have an abortion.
I did another pregnancy test then, which came back positive. I was 18 weeks along. I was at the start of my upper sixth, I was doing my A-levels, and it just seemed impossible for me to have a child. I had very supportive friends, and my ex-boyfriend came to see me and said he would help me with whatever I decided.
For me though, the decision was made as soon as I heard that I was pregnant. I arranged the abortion myself and my GP was very helpful - I think that she felt quite guilty.
It took about two weeks to set up an appointment and I told my parents the night before I went into hospital. They were shocked, but supportive too. I went in on a Tuesday and the doctors administered a pessary to induce dilation and labour - but nothing happened.
They waited and tried again, but still nothing. It got to the point where different doctors were streaming in and out of the room to see how many fingers they could put in. They administered three pessaries and none worked. It was Thursday by this point and they decided to send some sort of psychologist in to see me.
I was stuck in a room just off the maternity ward, too, so all I could hear was families with their new babies. Eventually though, on the Saturday, it worked. My breasts swelled up, I started producing milk, my waters broke, and I had contractions - it was terrifying.
It was visiting time in the maternity ward and so the doctor told me to shut up. They anaesthetised me and then took me away to remove the placenta. When I woke up, I was on my own in a bed full of blood.
I felt physically empty in a way that I have never felt since. Despite the trauma of the experience, I have still always known it was the right thing for me to have done and have never regretted it. The fact is that, for me, it was the only thing I could have done.
I knew immediately that I wanted an abortion then - in my particular circumstances, it was a very easy decision to make. I was naturally feeling really vulnerable and he kept asking me all these probing questions about how I had got pregnant. He also kept asking me to consider my options and to have counselling and to think about whether I was really sure.
Everything he did was obstructive until eventually he just told me to go away and think about it. I was hugely put off - despairing, really - but a friend encouraged me to see another doctor, who was much better.How many people know that you got the abortion?
My mom and our very closest friends. Probably 10 people, if you don’t include the people at work that my boss told, which is a bad little side note. "I have not had an abortion. I'll put that right out there," documentarian Tracy.
Skip Nav. Interview With Abortion: Stories Women Tell Documentarian But her film is about people — not. I had an abortion was shortly after my mother died. I was reeling from her death when I found out I was pregnant. I am excited to be part of We Testify because I want to bond with other people who have shared the same life changing event, and to also gain clarity and healing around my own abortion story.
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