Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The beginning of Devon’s story is below. Becoming pregnant as a young person, she talks about being surprised by her mother’s compassionate reaction and by the respect she felt from Planned Parenthood’s staff. Read Devon’s full narrative that was published by Teen Vogue.
“At the age of 14 I fell into what I thought was love — I was wholeheartedly wooed by an upperclassman whose experience far exceeded my own. I began down the path of “firsts” and when I realized that sex was in my imminent future I sought out methods of birth control. Condoms, being the easiest and most accessible method, were my selection — but, when the time finally came, they kept breaking and I didn’t feel safe (and it turns out I wasn’t)…”