Abortion Story #269: Reclaiming Power After My Abortion

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is the beginning excerpt of Aubrianna’s story. She opens up about moving through feelings of guilt to “reclaim her…power,” sparked by Gloria Steinem’s abortion experience and a wish expressed by the doctor who provided Steinem with her then-illegal care. Read Aubrianna’s full narrative, published by Shout Your Abortion, a “network of individuals talking about abortion on [their] own terms and creating space for others to do the same.”

“Walking into my history class, I beam with the usual excitement brought on by the presence of an empowering professor in a classroom full of students who were as excited to learn about the topic as I am. “Aubri, you’re glowing!” a classmate of mine jokingly calls, “What’s with you? You must be pregnant!” She laughs and it takes every ounce of strength in my body to not cringe and to laugh along like nothing is wrong. For a moment, I thought about telling her everything. Instantaneously, I brace myself to let loose the secret I’ve been carrying with me. I take a deep breath, but nothing comes out.

“Little did I know that although this wasn’t the first time I felt silenced, it would not be the last time. It’s the elephant I drag into every room. I longed for the tremendous wave of relief that flooded my body after I unloaded the weight of my secret onto a friend….”

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