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 from Cori’s story about her two abortions. She discusses being a pro-choice advocate while not fully learning about abortion until she needed access to care, first as a graduate student. She reflects on how she arrived at her decision and surprising lessons she gained throughout the process of obtaining care. Read Cori’s full personal essay that she published on her blog, CoriWong.com.
“…I didn’t know just how important access to unbiased information and a clinic was (let alone the services it could potentially provide) until I needed to talk to a medical professional about my options. So I went to the healthcare center on campus.
I didn’t know that I would face judgmental and prying questions from the staff at the reception desk, or that the doctor’s recommendation would be to carry the pregnancy through the first trimester. “Wait and see if it’s even viable,” he said. “Come back at week 12 for bloodwork to see if you’re still pregnant, then we can discuss how to proceed.”
There’s a good chance I would have taken his advice.
Up until the night before that appointment, when I did my own research online to learn about available options, I didn’t know that actually, if you wait until week 12, your options change pretty dramatically…”