Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is an excerpt from Erin Bryce Greagor’s story, who shared her story on the website #ShoutYourAbortion. Erin talks about experiencing a range of emotions both before and after her abortion, but not regret.
“Almost 13 years ago I had an abortion. I was about 7 weeks pregnant when I had it and had been throwing up almost every hour from the moment I saw my positive pregnancy test. I’d had sex without any type of birth control and then took Plan B, but it didn’t work. Maybe I was just having bad morning sickness. Maybe it was stress. It was probably a combination of both. Either way I was so sick I ended up having to go to urgent care twice because I was so dehydrated. I felt like my body was trying to turn itself inside out.
Never did I consider continuing that pregnancy. I’ve always wanted to be a mother and I hadn’t thought of what I would do in a situation like that prior to that moment. But I knew immediately I was going to be getting an abortion. I was lucky enough to have at least one friend I could talk to openly about what was going on and she pointed me in the right direction—Planned Parenthood. When I arrived there the day of my abortion there were protesters outside. I remember feeling surprised and angry to see them and then I turned and threw up on the sidewalk. It seemed like an appropriate response to their presence.
The procedure was fast and only mildly painful. I felt immediately better when it was over and was filled with so much relief. I won’t go so far as to say I felt happy or that it wasn’t still something I chose to hide from most people, but I felt like I had my life back…”