Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The excerpt below is the beginning of Tess’ story. While she was happily pregnant at 33 years old, she learned of fetal anomalies in both of the twins she was carrying. She opens up about making an abortion decision with her husband and how she thinks about the experience since becoming a mother. Read Tess’ full personal story that was published in Parent Map.
“My husband and I found out we were pregnant for the first time promptly after returning from our honeymoon. In my second trimester, we found out that we were having identical twins. It was a moment of overwhelming joy for us. But at 22 [weeks’] gestation, we found out that they had developed twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Disbelief washed over us. The viability of the pregnancy, as well as the potential for quality of life, was in doubt. I’ll never forget sitting in a room with three doctors going over the facts with us…”