Abortion Story #295: “I had needed an abortion because I had wanted one.”

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 Leslie’s story. She talks about the physically and psychologically taxing pregnancy she experienced before giving birth to her first child. Leslie further shares about the surprising judgment she faced, and what she realized about our language around abortion, when she sought to end a second pregnancy. Read her full narrative that was published by Self magazine.


“I gave birth to a baby girl five years ago. I noted her wet curls, the delicate, wrinkled fingers curling into newborn paws, the sweetness of her rosebud mouth.

But the first thing I felt was not love. It was relief.

Finally. It’s over.

Pregnancy, that is. I never thought it would be.

While gestating, I suffered a constellation of symptoms in several body systems. My legs ached and vibrated with pain. I developed hives — angry welts that refused to yield to hydrocortisone. My skin grew hypersensitive, and I flinched at my husband’s gentlest touch. I fell into a black, clinical depression…”

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