Abortion Story #286: Chelsea’s Family Legacy Supporting Personal Decisions

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following excerpt opens Chelsea’s story. She reflects on her abortion and its place in her family’s history helping establish the Vermont Women’s Health Center, “the country’s first free-standing, women-run health clinic.” Read Chelsea’s complete piece that was published in Glamour.


“I was about two weeks into my sophomore year at the University of Vermont and about 10 weeks into my first pregnancy when my friend Nancy Early picked me up in her red Fiat Spider and drove me to the Vermont Women’s Health Center on North Avenue in Burlington, Vermont. Nancy held my hand while a woman with a kind manner and a VWHC “Health Advocate” button narrated my abortion, sounding like voiceover for the world’s most compassionate nature documentary. After, I felt tired. I felt relieved. And I felt grateful that my abortion was safe and legal and, oddly, a familial legacy. Today — as the Trump administration defunds Planned Parenthood, states chip away at abortion access, and the U.S. Supreme Court tilts conservative — this legacy feels imperiled…”

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