Abortion Story #289: Faith and Abortion after Sexual Assault

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The excerpt below begins Katrina’s story. She opens up about having an abortion after being raped at a party when she was in high school. While some of her religious friends reacted with disapproval, Katrina’s Methodist faith helped her “trust” her decision to end her pregnancy. Read her complete narrative that was published in Redbook magazine.


“When I was a teenager, I was drugged and raped at a party before my junior year of high school. I was a virgin when I went to that party, and I had never been drunk — I was such a “good girl” that at first I didn’t even recognize why I felt so funny and hazy. I hadn’t planned on drinking, so I thought maybe someone had just spiked my drink with alcohol. I never even thought about drugs.

After I realized what had happened, I was shocked, terrified, and confused. Not just for what I was going to do, but because I didn’t want to risk my reputation with my Methodist pastor. I was really active in my church, but it wasn’t the kind of church that took political stances or informed how I thought about sex…”

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