Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. What follows is an opening excerpt of Andrea’s story, who is from London. In addition to sharing what it was like to seek out and obtain a medication abortion, she talks about realizing that she would one day want to become a parent. Read her full narrative that was published by Marie Stopes UK, the leading independent provider of sexual and reproductive health services in the UK.
“I found out I was pregnant at the end of January. I’ve never been a fan of artificial hormones so instead of using the pill long-term, I used protection with my partner and then we switched to tracking my periods with an app after two years. For a year, the app worked like clockwork; I tracked my moods, emotions, sexual activity and cycles in detail.
In the new year, I was up to my eyes with work, moving house and [realized] I was two days late. I figured this could have been stress-related. Two days later, my period still hadn’t come so I took a test. Before taking it, I told myself to expect to be pregnant to mentally prepare. I also had a suspicion I was pregnant because my periods were usually spot on every month. Two minutes later, I saw a positive result; [s]omething I’d never experienced before…”