My Abortion #99: Heather’s Abortion Story

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The story that originally appeared as Abortion Story #99 has been removed due to community posting standards. We have replaced it with an excerpt from Heather’s story. She talks about “choosing herself” when she made two decisions to obtain an abortion, once when she was 19 and another ten years later. Read Heather’s full reflection that was published in Bustle.


“The pill cost $39 a month, but pulling out was free. Or so I’d thought. I was 19 years old.

After a week of not feeling well, my roommate suggested I could be pregnant. I bought a test and watched in horror as the two pink lines spread across the testing wand. I cried for 24 hours straight. I knew I wanted to terminate, but I was disappointed in myself for not being smarter. And I was afraid of the experience. This was Texas — where pro-life groups plaster billboards with scare-tactic messages and gruesome images of late-term aborted fetuses….”

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