Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The excerpt below is from Mary’s story. She opens by talking about reproductive justice and how it differs from reproductive choice, and about making the decision to have a abortion as someone who is a black queer woman, a parent, and who has supported others through their abortion experiences. Mary speaks of choosing to attend her appointment by herself. Below, after reflecting on having a “lonely” experience at the clinic, she describes returning home to a supportive partner. Listen to Mary’s full story that was posted as a podcast on The Abortion Diary, the only publicly accessible audio collection of abortion stories.
“…One of the things that I recall, that sticks out a lot, is when I came back to my home. I had to…[make] all these…arrangements to make sure my…kid was…being taken care of… So when I got home…there…were folks there — I had roommates, and they also knew. But [my partner] really was intentional about…taking care of me. I remember she…put sunflowers all over the house. It was so beautiful. And she…went and got me a…really nice robe, and new underwear, and snacks, and just some of my favorite things. And…I think that was the closest I felt to the experience of actually giving life…when I chose to not bring forth life.…I think that was probably one of the most taken care of that I have probably ever felt, in a lot of ways…”