Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below, A’yen Tran speaks about her experiences coming full circle: making a decision to have an abortion and later providing support for others seeking care. She originally published her full story on the blog of Our Bodies, Ourselves, a nonprofit, public interest organization based in Boston, MA, that develops and promotes evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality.
“If I had listened to the subway ads for post-abortion trauma counseling, or the men at the clinic brandishing rosaries and yelling racist pleas not to “kill your black/Hispanic/Oriental baby,” things would be different.
I would not hold a degree, and I would not be building a career.
My child’s father would have been a man who sexually, emotionally and mentally abused me.
Worst of all, my child would not have the financial and emotional support necessary for a healthy life.
When I was 19, I got pregnant for the first time…”