Abortion Story #213: Morgan’s Story

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following excerpt opens Morgan Johnson’s story about what she went through making the decision to seek abortion. Feeling surprised at the unconditional compassion she received from her family was among a few other meaningful realizations she gained from her experience, shared later in her narrative. Read her full story as published on Shout Your Abortion, a “network of individuals talking about abortion on [their] own terms and creating space for others to do the same.”

“When I was 20 (almost 11 years ago), and in college, I was dating a guy that wasn’t very nice to me. It didn’t last long and there isn’t much to say about him except that he forced me to break up with him. And afterwards, when I found out I had gotten pregnant, he told me I better not be lying to him. I went through the emotional roller coaster of deciding what to do. At first I thought I could keep it, be a strong woman, raise it on my own. I took the train down to Olympia to meet my parents and brother to tell them what was up. When I sat down to explain myself I burst into tears and could barely get the words out I was so scared. My mother held me and they took turns comforting me, making sure I knew they didn’t think any less of me and they were there for me no matter what I decided to do…”

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