My Abortion #42: Kat Stark, NUS national women’s officer

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 The Guardian

Kat was just 19 when she found out she was pregnant. She explains it was an easy decision. Her problem was to find the right provider. This is her story.

I found out that I was pregnant at the start of my second year at university. I was just 19, didn’t have a serious partner, didn’t have any money, and was halfway through my degree course. I couldn’t have been less ready to have a child.

I knew immediately that I wanted an abortion then – in my particular circumstances, it was a very easy decision to make. I rushed straight to my GP’s surgery after confirming the pregnancy and asked for an emergency appointment. I didn’t want to say why I needed one, but the receptionist asked very loudly, “Is it for a termination?” Matters didn’t improve when I saw the doctor. I was naturally feeling really vulnerable and he kept asking me all these probing questions about how I had got pregnant. He also kept asking me to consider my options and to have counselling and to think about whether I was really sure. Frankly, I couldn’t have been more sure. He also said that getting an abortion wasn’t automatic – I would have to really show that having a child would be a serious problem for me. Everything he did was obstructive until eventually he just told me to go away and think about it.

I was hugely put off – despairing, really – but a friend encouraged me to see another doctor, who was much better. I was referred to a really good clinic on the outskirts of Leamington, where I had the abortion under general anaesthetic. It was very straightforward, not painful at all, and afterwards my overwhelming feeling was relief.

There hasn’t been any point when I have regretted my decision. The pregnancy was a moment when my life could have gone in one direction or another and I feel really happy with the decision I came to.


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