Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. What follows is the beginning of Lela’s experience. A mother of two children from Arkansas, Lela shares about her unexpected pregnancy and making a decision to obtain an abortion that considered her family’s well-being and economic security. She also describes what it was like seeking care without insurance. Read Lela’s full narrative that was published in Redbook.
“I started taking birth control pills about two months after having my second child. I followed the doctor’s orders down to the hour, taking care to use condoms with my partner until we could be sure that the pill was in my system again. When I skipped my period just a few weeks later, I assumed that my body was still regulating my cycle. Then my breasts began to feel funny, and I just knew. I took a pregnancy test and was like, seriously?! My son was only 3 months old…”