Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. What follows is a piece from Maggie’s story. She opens by letting readers know she learned of her pregnancy after attending her brother’s funeral, initially feeling pressured to have a child. In the below excerpt, Maggie describes how she felt comfortable making a decision that was right for her. Read her full story as published by Buzzfeed.
“…Everyone was supportive of me, but my boyfriend of five years was the first person to tell me something that made sense: He told me I was allowed to be selfish. If I wanted that baby, I was allowed to be selfish and have that baby. If I didn’t want that baby, I was allowed to be selfish and not have that baby. There is no wrong decision, I just had to be selfish. What finally made my decision though was looking at my cat and realizing I felt more like a mother looking at her than I did thinking about what was growing inside me. So a week after finding out I was pregnant, I opted to have a medical abortion…”