Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. What follows is the beginning of Millie’s story. She discloses having been in an abusive relationship during which she survived sexual violence. Millie talks about how her experience has affected her views on abortion and empathy. Read her full account on the blog of the Feminist Women’s Health Center, which operates Cedar River Clinics in the greater Seattle and Takoma, WA area.
“…I had two abortions…in one year back in the 1980s. I was in an abusive relationship with a boyfriend who coerced me into unprotected sex. I was the divorced mother of a 5-year-old and working rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays. I depended on my boyfriend for part of my childcare. My job was nontraditional and I was constantly being threatened with losing it, even though I missed only two days in 10 years for child-related reasons.
Ironically, I had been an active feminist, founding and co-chairing my campus feminist group when I was a college student. I never thought this would happen to me. I was deeply ashamed, not of getting two abortions, but of needing them in the first place…”