Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is the opening excerpt from Jessica’s story, who shares that she very much wanted to be a parent. She later discusses what it was like to learn of a severe fetal anomaly and how moving forward to end her pregnancy, already a painful decision, was made more difficult by state restrictions on abortion. Read Jessica’s full narrative online, published by The Cut.
“…I got pregnant three years ago. I was 22, it was a brand-new relationship, but I was adamant that I was having a baby. I’ve always taken motherhood very seriously. I was abused — the product of people who shouldn’t have had kids — then adopted. I felt so strongly that this was the most important job of my life.
I wasn’t at risk of genetic defects, so during the anatomy scan it didn’t even occur to me that they were looking for abnormalities. Me, my boyfriend, and my parents all went to the appointment, and when they said I was having a girl, my mom jumped up and down hollering as if she were at a football game. My boyfriend cried…”