Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following excerpt is from Alycia’s experience. She talks about how her perspective on abortion changed when she became pregnant and was not ready to be a parent. She opens up about overcoming her fear surrounding surgery, feeling supported by the medical professionals who provided her abortion. Read Alycia’s full story that was published by Feminist Women’s Health Center, which operates Cedar River Clinics in Washington state and envisions “…a world where women can fulfill their own unique potential and live healthy whole lives.”
“My name is Alycia. I am almost 22 years old and recently became pregnant by my boyfriend of 6 months. I have not always been pro-choice and ironically even wrote a term paper in high school opposing abortion. But as I got older and started being sexually active and the thought of an unwanted pregnancy became more real, my feelings changed.…
…I can’t think of anything more romantic than having a baby with the man I love, and although I love my boyfriend and would love to have his baby, unfortunately this just isn’t the right time in our lives. I’m not financially and maybe not even emotionally ready to have a baby right now, and to be honest my boyfriend couldn’t want one any less. I know there is the option to give it up for adoption but [I] honestly couldn’t possibly do that….
So the obvious choice was to have an abortion. I planned on getting medical abortion since the thought of surgery scared me to death, but unfortunately [I] waited too long and by the time…my [appointment] was made I had just missed the [deadline]…”