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 opening of Tiffany’s reflection on her abortion. After sharing about some of the more difficult aspects of her experience, she expresses gratitude for those who supported her. Read Tiffany’s full narrative at My Abortion My Life, a project of Preterm, a nonprofit health clinic in Ohio.
“I keep hearing people tell me, ‘It doesn’t define you.’ That’s fine. I know I am not my abortion, but my abortion is a part of me. I don’t regret my decision. I don’t regret my procedure. I don’t mind that I went alone. I don’t mind that I wasn’t sedated. I don’t mind the pain that I felt or the tears that I shed in the operating room. I don’t mind the scars that leave others wondering. I don’t mind the mixture of emptiness, relief and anxiety I felt afterwards. I don’t mind the angry pro-lifer who chased me to my car, condemning me to hell…”