Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days.
Today’s story comes from COLOR (Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights), a “Denver-based grassroots nonprofit that is both Latina-led and Latina-serving. COLOR provides a voice on reproductive rights, health and justice for Latinas, their families and allies”
Sam had the support of her new husband when she made the decision to terminate her pregnancy, and later of her family. Today she is grateful for the decision she mad and the supportive group of people around her.
Sitting in the bathroom seeing the little plus sign on the pregnancy test… my heart sank. Being a 22-year-old newlywed, college student living on less than minimum wage, I was not ready for this. I remember calling my husband over and telling him what the results were, telling him that I was making the decision to have an abortion and his reaction of just holding me close and telling me that he would support any decision I made and that we were going to go through this together. I realize now that even though my decision wasn’t hard for me to make, it was hard for me to deal with. Having had a very catholic upbringing, I felt a twinge of guilt making this decision even though I am an atheist and I was so worried about how my family would react if/when I told them. When I told my family nothing changed, they didn’t love me less or think less of me, they were able to understand that that was the decision I needed to make and like with everything else I do they supported me 100%. Once I was able to really grasp the whole situation it got me thinking of how thankful I was to have a support system there for me to tell me that this decision is just that: a decision. Now, when I think back on the decision I made I don’t feel guilty but I do feel extremely grateful to have had made the decision to get an abortion and to have such a supportive group of people behind me.