Abortion Story #202: “…I felt like I could breathe”

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The below excerpt is by a young Native American college student, who preferred to remain anonymous. Her full narrative was published by The Atlantic, in a series curated by former senior editor Chris Bodenner. The student opens by speaking of her identity and a weeks-long struggle with indecision about abortion that took a toll on her physical health. She later describes how a nonjudgmental conversation with clinic staff helped her, “for the first time in weeks, [feel] like [she] could breathe” and make a decision that was best for her.

“Coming from a native American reservation, where the drop-out rate is about 50 percent and teen pregnancy is high [see above], I felt pretty accomplished being in the city and in college. So when I got pregnant, my life was over, or so I thought.

I told my then-boyfriend, now husband, and he was beyond happy. In the following days and weeks we talked of things like names and outfits—the easy stuff. Then, reality set in. I’d have to move home. It being on a reservation with very little resources, I had no idea who’d care for my child. I’d have to give up school until I was financially stable to return…”

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