Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The story below is by Abi, a 25 year old in Chile. Opening up about her two abortion experiences, she talks about what it was like to obtain care in a country where abortion has been illegal since 1989. Read Abi’s full account published by Buzzfeed earlier this year.
Note: According to the New York Times, on August 21, 2017 the Chilean government’s Constitutional Tribunal voted 6-4 to lift the country’s complete ban on abortion. This victory means that a bill granting abortion access in very limited circumstances can be sent to Chilean President Michele Batchelet, a supporter of abortion access, to sign it into law.
“Having an abortion in Chile is really hard and very dangerous. I have had two voluntary abortions in my lifetime. The first one happened when I was still in high school. I was very young and I had no information whatsoever about it, but I made my decision automatically when I saw the pregnancy test…”