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 a woman who is Muslim and living in Malaysia who preferred to remain anonymous. Sharing two different stories of unplanned pregnancy and abortion, she first opens up about being raped. While she was certain about ending both pregnancies, she talks about feeling the weight of family and cultural expectations and about finding unexpected support. Her full story was published by BuzzFeed, Inc.
“…I’ve had two abortions. In this country, it is an illegal procedure in most cases and is often done clandestinely.
The first time I was date-raped, but I only found out nine weeks later. I couldn’t understand how I was pregnant, as I had not had sex for four months since my fiancé went overseas. Based on the calculation of the fetus’s age, I realized that this one afternoon when I woke up in my friend’s car after lunch must’ve been the day the rape happened. I’d assumed I was sleeping in the car because I’d been tired…”