I had an abortion. It did in fact affect others. It affected the father of the child who didn't want to be a dad. It affected my mother who was going to be supporting me along with the state of Illinois because I would have had to quit my job and I had no insurance. It affected my future husband who would have never asked me out on our first date if I was a single mom when we met. Lastly it affected me and allowed me to have a beautiful family when I was ready to be a mother.