Abortion Story #203: Annie, a youth pastor from Texas

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Excerpted below is some of Annie’s story, whose full account appeared in Redbook. Annie, who is 35, reflects on how her decision to have an abortion was aligned with her Christian identity and, in fact, felt necessary for her to “follow [her] calling into ministry.”

Per the Guttmacher Institute, sixty-two percent of abortion patients identify with a religious affiliation.

“…I was working as a single, female youth pastor at a conservative church in Texas that I believed would have fired me for being pregnant and unmarried. I doubted they would think a sexually active single woman the right role model for a youth pastor. The congregation’s general tenor was also anti-abortion, and I didn’t want to risk them finding out.

Still, I never doubted that I would terminate the pregnancy — I had always been pro-choice, and long believed that being “pro-life” is about more than making abortion harder to get; it’s about good sex education, available contraception, and honoring all life, not just the “unborn.” I was not in the right place to have a child, especially not with my ex. So I didn’t…”

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