Abortion Story #220: Marjorie’s story

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. What follows is an excerpt from Marjorie Ingall’s story. She opens by sharing matter-of-factly about factors that related to her decision to obtain an abortion. Later In her piece, she talks about her other pregnancy experiences, different Jewish perspectives on abortion, and how she decided to share her story publicly. Her full narrative, “My Abortion, Miscarriage, and My Right to Have My Own Feelings,” was published by Tablet Magazine.

Note: Marjorie shares that her emergency contraception (EC) failed. Readers should be aware that there are many types of EC available today, with different degrees of effectiveness depending on when it’s taken, a person’s height and weight, among other factors. Check out Planned Parenthood’s page on picking an EC option that is best for you.


“In my 20s, I had an abortion.

I was blissfully in love with the man who would become my husband. We’d been friends for a year, secretly pining for each other the entire time, and we’d finally begun dating despite living on opposite coasts. We’d been a couple for six weeks. The condom broke. Then the morning-after pill didn’t work. (This isn’t uncommon — emergency contraception turns out to be pretty crappy at preventing pregnancy; a recent study found that its effectiveness, once thought to be around 75 percent, actually ranges from 47 percent to 53 percent.) I was working for peanuts at a magazine I knew was going to close. I had a cat, a bike, uncertain job prospects, and no savings…”

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