Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The excerpt below is the beginning of Kelly’s story. She describes her abortion as being a difficult decision, but an experience that marked a critical “turning point” in her life, health, and romantic relationship. Kelly also talks about the challenge of accessing safe care where she was living in Mexico, where abortion is highly restricted. Read her complete narrative published in Ravishly.
“In November 2012, I was living the dream — literally. In 2009, I had left my small-town life in the suburbs of Philadelphia to live and work in the resort town of Cancun, Mexico.
It was much like you’d expect it to be: one gigantic party.
Cancun is one of the most notorious spring break destinations in the world. I went there to work spring break season and ended up staying for five years. I hadn’t planned on staying that long, but as soon as I got there, I fell in love with the culture, the people, and the partying…”