Beren

Beren is from Turkey. As a young woman she had two abortions, the first in 1996 and the second in 2002. As a 44-year-old she tells her story.

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Berení's story is collected especially for the SHHH project. All informants and stories in this project have been anonymised. All names are changed.

Beren's story

Between the age of 18–25, I had abortions twice. When I found out that I was pregnant, I didn't feel any emotional connection. I was too young to have a baby, I just saw an abortion as a process that had to be finished.

To me, it was important to end it as soon as possible. I didn't think much about it. I wanted to have an abortion as soon as possible and end the pregnancy. It was an easy decision.

I was too young to have a baby, I just saw an abortion as a process that had to be finished.

Beren

I always consulted with my gynaecologist. I just thought it needed to happen. Looking back now, it was the right decision.

I did not leave the right to speak to the people I was together with at the time. The whole decision was mine. 

Both were done by competent doctors, but the hospital did not register them as an abortion in the system, at my request. I didn't want my family to know about it.