Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is an excerpt from Becca’s story, who lives in the UK. She opens up about having had a range of pregnancy experiences, including obtaining an abortion when she was 17 and 22 years old. Becca further shares how her abortions were different, from the emotions she felt to how she was treated by those around her. Read her full story that was published by iNews.
“I had my first abortion at age 17. I was already pro-choice; I knew that my body was my body and that every human body should be entirely under the rule of the person themselves. When I found out I was pregnant the scariest hurdle was telling my mum. Luckily I am blessed as my parents are very supportive.
In all honesty, I did not feel a large amount of guilt. But my councillor, a health care professional, suggested I should feel guilty and asked: “Do you think you should at least feel some sort of justified guilt or shame within this situation?” I was mortified and merely responded with “I don’t know…maybe…” I now wish I could find her and tell her that no, I should not feel ashamed, I do not feel guilt because I had no attachment to the [fetus] and nothing in my brain told me I wanted it or could provide for a human at that time…”