Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The excerpt below opens Chris’ story, in which she discusses her two pregnancy experiences in the context of her religious and family background. She speaks of first becoming a parent before feeling ready and about how she later felt “empowered” to make a different decision, thanks to unbiased support provided by Planned Parenthood. Read Chris’ full narrative published by My Abortion, My Life, a project of Preterm, a nonprofit health clinic in Ohio.
“I was a teenager who had unprotected sex with my boyfriend. My family was very supportive but very Catholic and although I had a choice I didn’t really feel like I did. So I got married and had a child. I also got divorced by the time I was 19 and as a High school dropout I was pregnant again because I wasn’t educated about my options and wasn’t on birth control. I felt stupid and irresponsible but I knew I could not support another child….”