Abortion Story 228: Sheila’s story, shared with the US Supreme Court

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is the opening excerpt from Shiela Schroeder’s story. Now an executive at a financial services firm, she reflects on her decision to obtain an abortion in high school. In 2016, Sheila shared her story with the US Supreme Court in an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief supporting abortion access as the Court considered a challenge to Texas’ new abortion restrictions in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. In June 2016, the Supreme Court ruled to strike down the harmful policies that were designed to shut down abortion clinics. Read Shiela’s full account published in Glamour.


“As one of a comparatively small group of women who have held senior leadership positions on Wall Street, I appreciate that I am part of an exclusive circle. What I’m acknowledging today is that I’m also part of a much larger group — the approximately 1 in 3 women who have had or will have an abortion.

When I was a 17-year-old junior at a Catholic high school in Indiana, I became accidentally pregnant after having sex with my boyfriend for the first time. While my high school had health classes, growing up in a conservative Midwestern household in the 1970s, I didn’t know much about contraception nor did I have access to it…”

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