AbortionStory #232: June, 1989

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is an excerpt from Josie Glausiusz’s narrative about having a abortion while living in England in June 1989. After sharing why she has chosen to speak about her experience in the Trump era, she describes what it took to obtain care, encountering anti-Semitism, and fearing anti-abortion shaming from the Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised. Read Josie’s complete personal story published by The Forward.

“…I was 24 when I became pregnant. I did not plan the pregnancy, and was using a diaphragm, a contraceptive method that I later discovered has about a five percent failure rate even with “correct and consistent use,” rising to 18 to 20 percent with “typical use.” I was living in England at the time and made an appointment at a National Health Service clinic. Then as now, abortion is legal in the U.K. up to 24 weeks of pregnancy under the Abortion Act of 1967, but two doctors must approve the procedure. I remember the second interview quite well…”

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