There are 3 examples that I know of personally in relation to abortion.
1rst - When I was in high school there was this girl I knew that was completely upset one day. She had pulled me and another friend of mine aside and exclaimed that she was pregnant. She wanted to have an abortion. Her problem wasn't having the abortion but rather that she was worried about her future fertility as she had already had two abortions before and the doctor told her that to have another one would be quite precarious to her and her ability to have a family in the future. We didn't know what to tell her. We were taught about contraceptives. We were taught about safe sex. We were in grade 11 which would mean that by 16 this girl had already had 2 abortions and was considering her third which she ended up doing. Honestly, we both thought she was an idiot because obtaining birth control such as condoms or the pill was so friggen easy. A lot education did for her!
2nd - There was this guy in the military who was dating this girl in Vancouver. He lived in another province. He would delight in showing off pics of his girls chest from his cellphone to anyone that would take a gander hoping to garner the old "atta boy" from the people around him. One day he told a couple of his buddies that he got her pregnant. He didn't know what to do. She was worried that her dad would kill her if he found out that she was pregnant. He asked around about what to do. She ended up having an abortion. He paid for it and then went off on his tour to Afghanistan. I don't think they are together anymore. And for all intents and purposes, this guy was not worth all the pain and suffering. I can assure you.
As far as I'm concerned, both of these situations were truly selfish reasons to terminate a pregnancy. And I have a feeling that these are the typical senarios in which a lot abortions are contemplated.
The 3rd situation is different and the most personal - I had these playmates that I grew up with who were children that belonged to a couple who were friends with my parents. I was shocked to learn, much later when I was older, that one of the boys was supposed to have been aborted by his mother. She tried the french abortion pill. This was way back in the 70's but it didn't work. And by the sheer virtue that it had failed, his mother decided to let it alone and have the baby. He is a wonderful person and has since gone on to have a decent life and a family of his own. I to this day have no idea whether or not he knows about what his mother did or tried to do, nor would I ever want to find out but I wept in private after I was told this. That he may never have been alive, I would've never have had a funner playmate/partner in crime (man did we get into some trouble) nor would I have had a sweeter first kiss.
Abortion is all too serious an issue and the way that is is being debated on this thread is so demeaning. It means the loss of a future friend, at least, that's what it would have meant to me.