Kathrin

Kathrin is from Austria. She tells her abortion story that happened in 1995, when she was 26 years old.

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

I walked into the clinic alone, past the fanatical anti-abortionists who not only held their vigils outside the clinic, but also approached me aggressively.

Kathrin

It happened 25 years ago. It happened unplanned and unwanted. I was travelling a lot, very busy, unattached. Despite my low income as an artist, I was full of life and full of plans. My flat and studio were tiny.

I often asked myself why I hadn't paid more attention. Why, as a well-educated and smart woman, I hadn't managed to spare myself this experience.

Kathrin

The father was a friend. Not my boyfriend. We had been drinking a lot and it was fine, uncomplicated sex. When the test showed this thin blue line, I didn't want to believe it. I walked into the clinic alone, past the fanatical anti-abortionists who not only held their vigils outside the clinic, but also approached me aggressively. A gauntlet. It was over quickly.

I often asked myself why I hadn't paid more attention. Why, as a well-educated and smart woman, I hadn't managed to spare myself this experience. Why I had taken a chance. But did I regret it? No, I have never regretted it. Today I am happy. And I am a very loving mother. I often think: If my life had turned out differently, my children wouldn't exist either."