Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below, Kat talks about her experience seeking abortion before 1973, when the US Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in Roe v. Wade. This excerpt comes from her story published by Pro-Choice Resources, a reproductive justice organization that works to ensure that all people and communities have the power and resources to make sexual and reproductive health decisions with self-determination and dignity.
“Prior to Roe vs. Wade, in 1969 when abortion was still illegal, Pro-Choice Resources helped me when I was 20 years old and pregnant. Supporting myself on student loans while going to the University of Minnesota, I knew I wanted to end the pregnancy, but my boyfriend would not support my decision. A friend of mine referred me to a doctor, who referred me to Abortion Counseling Services – now Pro-Choice Resources. I received all-options counseling, but I knew I wanted to end the pregnancy. They called me back and referred me to a clinic in Rapid City, South Dakota where the next day I had the procedure. I graduated from college the following year.”