Abortion Story #209: Selah from Texas

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is an excerpt from Selah, from Austin, TX. She discusses her decision to have an abortion in the context of her vision of planning for pregnancy and parenting. Read her full story published on NotAlone.us, an online abortion story-sharing website to ensure people “who have had abortions know that they are part of a community.”

Note: Selah was able to obtain the care she needed in her Texas community. But the myriad abortion restrictions imposed by Texas lawmakers place others at risk of being denied care. As of August 9, the state’s legislature is considering yet another abortion ban, HB 214. The bill would bar coverage of abortion in private insurance plans, disproportionately hurting low-income people. Read more in the San Antonio Current. On Twitter, see hashtags #roses4rosie and #hb214 for how activists have courageously showed their opposition to this measure.

“…When I started feeling the first symptoms of pregnancy, I had no idea that that was what was happening. I thought my period was off schedule because of my quitting the pill. I also hadn’t been that great about keeping track of my cycle, I had gotten out of the habit while on the pill. I just thought I felt weird, or my hormones were out of whack. I didn’t realize what was happening until my pregnancy was almost [three] months along. I took a home pregnancy test with my husband and it was confirmed. I was so disappointed in myself. I felt stupid and careless. I dreamed of being a mother one day, but this was not what I wanted…”

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