Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following story is by Hakima P., age 54. Her story was shared over Mother’s Day by UltraViolet to “represent the resilience of mothers who braved abortion stigma and legislative restrictions in order to do what was best for their families.”
“I had an abortion, because I was single and already had two children. I had just gotten a good paying job with health benefits. I wanted to give my family a fighting chance, and having another baby would have erased all the progress I had made. I wanted to go forward, instead of backwards, for the sake of the children I already had.
…Mothering sometimes means making difficult decisions. My decision to have an abortion was one of the most difficult of my life. I made it, not because I didn’t want the pregnancy, but because I had two small children dependent on me.”