Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following excerpt is from the opening of Jayden’s story. Jayden, who describes themselves as genderqueer, talks about their “safe and supportive” surgical abortion experience at Planned Parenthood. Read Jayden’s complete essay that was published by The Radical Notion.
“…In 2015, my period was a few weeks late. Due to medical issues, I had always been irregular, but I had never been an entire month late. Still, I let a few days pass before I decided to finally suck it up and buy a pregnancy test. I recall waiting for what seemed like an eternity for the test results, and then, there it was, that dreaded little pink stripe. On April 27th, my fears were confirmed; I was pregnant.
I remember thinking, “What the fuck am I going to do? I can’t afford to have a child! Nor is my body healthy enough to bring one to term. My life is over!” I knew that there was only one logical choice for me, considering my health and expected complications of a difficult pregnancy that would inevitably result in a child with severe health issues, and the all too real possibility of death of the child, myself, or both. Abortion was the right thing to do…”