Abortion Story #212: Radio host, Maria Hinojosa

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is a short excerpt from an audio recording by leading journalist, Maria Hinojosa. She opens by sharing context with listeners about how her abortion story became public. Invited to address a Latina empowerment summit, it was only upon her arrival that she realized many panelists were speaking against abortion. She quickly decided to share her personal experience to teach the high school girls in the audience about expressing one’s own perspective and to affirm their right to make personal decisions about pregnancy. Listen to Hinojosa’s full story online here, originally published in 2014 as in an episode on NPR’s LatinoUSA.

“…As a Mexican immigrant girl in Chicago in the seventies, I had seen graphic photographs in TIME magazine – women who had died in botched, illegal abortions. As access grew safer with the [US Supreme Court] decision of Roe v. Wade, I grew up a product of the women’s movement. Smart and educated about sex. But, while I was in college, I had two abortions. Even though I was using birth control. There was never any thought that I would go through with the pregnancies. I wasn’t in love, I wasn’t getting married, I hadn’t finished college – it was not going to happen.

[H]aving an abortion is no light matter. I was sad. But, as a young woman, I was also at peace with my legal and, then, very private decision…”

Journalist and author Maria Honojosa is the president and CEO of the Futuro Media Group, which she created in 2010, and is the Anchor and Executive Producer of Latino USA, distributed by National Public Radio. She has reported for television and radio stations including PBS, NPR, and CNN and has received four Emmys and the Edward R. Murrow Award, among many others honors.

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