Abortion Story #250: “Relief, Gratitude and Freedom”

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 of Violet’s experience, who shared her story in December 2016 after Ohio’s legislature passed a bill to restrict abortion access. She speaks about making a decision about abortion while she was in an abusive relationship in college and how her abortion has made her feel “relief, gratitude, and freedom.” Read Violet’s full story as it was published by Teen Vogue.

Note: Ohio Governor John Kasich vetoed the proposed restriction referenced in Violet’s story. However, he signed into law another harmful measure to push safe care out of reach: banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, despite such barriers being unconstitutional. Such restrictions are based on the unfounded myth that a fetus can feel pain at this stage in development.

“…It’s impossible to hold back tears as I thought of myself less than two years ago, sitting in a Cleveland Planned Parenthood. I find myself crying over stories of abortions due to rape and much-wanted, very sick babies. However, my abortion story is not one of medical necessity, of mourning, of an unhealthy fetus with an abysmal future — it is one of the choice to choose myself.

I was a 22-year old senior in college, with a bright future ahead of me. I was a student-athlete, had just been accepted to my dream grad school, and was about to serve as the executive director for the first ever Dance Marathon at my current institution, raising money and celebrating the kids in our local children’s hospital. I worked a part-time job on campus, was publishing my own research, and volunteered in many different student organizations. I was a student in the Honors College, with nearly a 4.0 GPA and Dean’s List honors every semester. On the outside, I was a happy, confident woman who many of my teammates dubbed ‘Superwoman.’…”

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