Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following excerpt is from Katie, who is 35 years old and lives in Texas. Her story was originally published on BuzzFeed. Her experience seeking abortion to end a much-wanted pregnancy illustrates that our beliefs can change with the reality of our lives.
“I am happily married and have two children already. When my second child was born, I had a brain hemorrhage that almost killed me. I was advised not to have any more children. Seven years later, I got pregnant again. I have always been very against abortion and wanted the child. However, I knew the odds were very good that I would die in childbirth, leaving the children I already had without a mother. I decided to terminate the pregnancy.
“My best friend accompanied me to a clinic, and escorted me past protesters. Because I was only five weeks pregnant, I qualified for the pill method. However, because I live in Texas, I was required to have an ultrasound to be sure I understood the thing inside me was a baby. As if I didn’t know. I had the ultrasound. The nurse was very sensitive and didn’t force me to look at the ultrasound. I was given information and sent home to wait the required 24 hours. I went back the next day, past more protesters…”