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 from Violeta’s abortion story, which she shared in the context of why she joined the Women’s March in January 2017. Read her full essay that was published in The Huffington Post.
Note: September 28 is International Safe Abortion Day. Initially established by women in Latin America and the Caribbean, it is a day of action to urge access to safe and legal abortion worldwide. Learn more at www.September28.org and join the conversation on Twitter by following @Safe_Abortion and using hashtags #Sept28 and #IResistWePersist.
“When I was 17, I had an abortion in a country where it was and still is illegal, my grandmother was next to me, holding my hand, it wasn’t easy for any of us, but she made sure I had the right to choose the time of my motherhood. She made sure that a mistake wouldn’t define my life. That day I understood that it was my body and my choice, a fundamental human right, denied to most women in the world, the right to have an abortion…”