Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The opening of Shantae’s story is below. She opens up about obtaining an abortion while parenting two children. Shantae reflects on how, like other women who are mothers, she made a decision “out of love” and concern for her family’s emotional and economic well-being. Read her full story that was published in Cosmopolitan.
“When I had an abortion, I was already a mother of two: a 3-and-a-half-year-old and a 4-month-old. I had recently moved to Texas from Oregon and had just gotten a job in the records department of a hospital. I was still breastfeeding and struggling to figure out care for my children. I was in a relationship with a partner who was unemployed, and I ended up getting pregnant.
I didn’t want to tell my partner. I didn’t want to parent with him, and it wasn’t his decision to make. I had never terminated a pregnancy before, and I never thought I would be in a situation where I would even have to consider it, so I spoke with my cousin. She went with me to Planned Parenthood. The protesters were there — they had pictures of fetuses and stuff like that. For security reasons, my cousin couldn’t go into the room with me, so I was alone. I had to use the last bit of my tax return, around $425, to get the abortion because Texas Medicaid wouldn’t cover it. After I terminated my pregnancy, I went home and slept…”