Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The excerpt that follows is by Heather, 24, of Arizona. She opens up about what it was like to obtain an abortion alone at a clinic surrounded by anti-abortion protesters. Her full story is published online by Cosmopolitan.
“I was 22, and less than eight weeks pregnant, so I opted for a medical abortion. I just wanted to take a pill and have the whole thing be over as quickly as possible. It’s state law to go in for a consultation 24 hours before an abortion. That was the first time I encountered protesters. I had to drive past them in order to get into the parking lot. That they wanted any say in what is such a personal decision felt so wrong to me. It made me feel sick. They were there again the next day. So I had to drive past them four times…”