Abortion Story #219: Tenderness

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below are opening lines from Beth’s affirming poem reflecting on her abortion. Later in her piece, she talks about the women who were with her during her procedure and what she gained from their presence. Beth’s full poem is 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.”


“I was 22 when I had my abortion.
The images that fill my head of that day remain
White sheets
Tools laid out on a metal tray
My friend’s hair draped over the back of a chair
And I remember hoping that the physical pain of what was to come
Would serve as an extension of the raw heaviness that infiltrated my chest…”

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