My Abortion #114: Storyteller: Candice Russell

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days.

The following story comes from We Testify, “a leadership program, created by the National Network of Abortion Funds, dedicated to increasing the spectrum of abortion storytellers in the public sphere, and ensuring we look fly as we do it!”

Candice had two abortions under different circumstances. Both changed her life.

This is her story. 


I had an abortion when I was much younger—one that I knew had saved my life at a time when I was much too poor and unsure and under-resourced to parent—but the second time, I was in my thirties and on birth control and had decided that kids were not in my life plan. My two abortions happened under vastly different circumstances but they both played a vital role in my life. I want other people who have had abortions to know that they don’t have to be ashamed and that they are not alone even if they don’t see themselves represented all the time. I don’t live in regret because I have had abortions, I live a full and happy life because of them.

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