Abortion Story #288: Kathryn’s abortion in Quebec

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following excerpt begins Kathryn’s story. A mother of two young kids, she was comfortable with her family size when she realized she was pregnant again. She speaks frankly about the process of obtaining her abortion in Quebec, where she “felt so cared for.” Read Kathryn’s full story that was published in Jezebel.


“A couple of Fridays ago, I walked my older son to school and then my younger son to daycare. Then I crossed over the ice-and-salt encrusted overpass to the metro station and headed downtown. As I emerged back up onto the street, I checked my phone and enjoyed a little lift of triumph. Getting places a bit early or exactly on time is one of my small pleasures. It means all my systems are humming just right. That morning, I was five minutes early for my appointment to have an abortion.

Why am I sharing this with you? Isn’t this personal business, best kept to myself? No. The abortion debate is immeasurably worse off for having been dominated by everyone except the women who actually receive abortions, and any medical procedure whose legality is being debated at the federal level is everyone’s business, besides. There are an estimated 1.2 million abortions performed each year in the United States. That’s more than twice the number of angioplasties performed each year, according to the Center for Disease Control. If angioplasties were suddenly on the chopping block, I imagine some men whose lives had been changed by them would be compelled to speak up…”

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