Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. What follows is an excerpt of Lauren’s abortion story. She talks about being “lucky” to have had relatively simple access to abortion where she lives in Australia. Reflecting on her medication abortion, she also discusses having a partner supportive of her decision in contrast to reactions from others close to her. Read her full personal essay that was published by Birdee.
“I was 22, had a good job and was in a long-term relationship when I had an abortion.
It started like I expect it does for everyone – my period was late. I was on the Pill but sometimes got really paranoid when the crimson tide hadn’t come a couple of days after it should have, so I bought a pregnancy test. I’d done this a couple of times before, to calm my nerves. It made me feel better to get the confirmation of only one little pink line on that $17 stick.
Except this time. This time there were two lines and I was pregnant…”