Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The opening excerpt of Crystal Hayes’ story is below. She shares about how her two abortion experiences and views on bodily autonomy affected her outlook on becoming a mother. Read Crystal’s full personal essay that was published by The Grio.
Note: Crystal acknowledges that her access to “safe, affordable, and legal abortion care…allowed [her] autonomy over [her] body and [her] decisions.” Shamefully, the federal Hyde Amendment policy – initially approved by Congress 41 years ago today – withholds this basic right from too many others. Hyde denies abortion coverage to individuals enrolled in Medicaid coverage and other federal health programs, disproportionately harming women struggling to make ends meet, people of color, transgender and gender nonconforming people, individuals who are immigrants, and young people. Learn more from All* Above All.
“I had two abortions years ago in the first trimesters, and today the only regret I have, is that I didn’t speak up sooner about what the right to choose means to me.
For years, I felt so much shame and guilt. I felt silenced by the stigma of a culture preoccupied with using women’s bodies for the purposes of power and control, and where “pro-life” advocates use violent language like “baby killers” to describe anyone who believes in a women’s right to choose.
For the most part, I lived in secrecy — both times…”