Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following opens Julia’s story about the medication abortion she had when she was 23. She shares why she considers her experience an “empowering” one. Read Julia’s complete narrative that was published in Bustle.
“I found out I was pregnant when I was 23. I was unemployed and unhealthy; I had no business or interest in having a child, and the only sadness or anxiety I experienced in my decision-making stemmed from my fear that I wouldn’t be able to access the abortion I knew I wanted.
But I was fortunate to be living in Washington state at the time, where abortions are easy to get, and where the state covers the cost of the procedure for women without income. I went to take a pregnancy test, and the nurse there asked me how many times I had needed an abortion…”