Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below, Celina Perez, age 34 of Los Angeles, reflects on the physical experience having a surgical abortion and of her confidence that her decision “saved [her] life then, and made [her] life now.” Excerpted here, her story was originally published in Cosmopolitan.
“When I found out I was pregnant in my early 20s, there wasn’t even a second thought for me [about choosing abortion]. I worked as a waitress during the day and a bartender at night. I didn’t have health insurance.
Going into the surgery, I was nervous. The meds started working, and I felt sort of detached from my body, like I was watching myself. I have a lot of tattoos and it hurts to get tattooed, but there is a point when you think, I am getting something out of this pain. The abortion felt sort of the same. It was uncomfortable and strange, but my brain switched to, It’s fine because after this pain I get this [positive thing].
Having an abortion saved my life then, and it made my life now. Something I hear a lot is, “What about adoption?” How was I supposed to carry a kid for nine months when I worked two jobs that are physically demanding? People don’t think about what it really means to make these choices when it isn’t them…”