Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is the opening excerpt of Cat’s story. She talks about becoming pregnant after having sex for the first time in high school and working through challenging emotions that followed her abortion. Read Cat’s full narrative in Clover Letter.
“I took a pregnancy test in the nurse’s room at school. I had just turned 15; I’d never had a boyfriend and this was the first time I’d had sex. I told myself over and over that “I just can’t be pregnant, I’ve only had sex once.” Until the two lines appeared and the school nurse looked at me with a concerned look on her face and said, “It is positive.”
Rewind to earlier. I’d prepared to meet up with a guy and lose my virginity. We never talked about a condom and it didn’t cross my mind that I needed birth control. I wasn’t a shy 15-year-old and I definitely laughed my way through sex education classes. After we finished having sex, I walked to school with the most noticeable “I just had sex” face…”