Abortion Story #296: Jessy’s abortion

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The below excerpt is from Jessy’s story. She opens up about her shift in thinking about abortion over time. While strongly against access during her teenage years in Catholic school, Jessy describes making a decision in college to end a pregnancy while she was parenting a toddler. Read her complete reflection that was published by the Mabel Wadsworth Center, “the only not-for-profit, private, independent feminist health center in Maine.”

“When I was in eighth grade at Catholic School, in my Religion class, we had to take part in a mock debate project. I felt incredibly lucky to get to argue the “Pro-Life” side of the abortion debate. It was simple to me – abortion is murder, and anyone who had one was a murderer, and, unless they were a cold, hard psychopath, would obviously regret it for the rest of their life. I still have a photo I snapped of the two other kids who were on my side of the debate, grinning and holding this accordion fold pro-life brochure with photos of aborted fetuses.

Fast forward to my learning to think for myself, becoming a parent at 19, and starting college at 20. By this point, I had definitely become pro-choice, although I still remember very clearly thinking that I was pro-choice for “other” people, and knew it was never a decision I would make for myself…”

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