Abortion Story #299: My abortion was “an empowering moment.”

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The excerpt that follows is the beginning of Mary’s story. She talks about making a decision to seek a medication abortion while in college in North Carolina. Mary also opens up about how her experience led to her ending an unhealthy relationship, and how it has shaped who she is today. Read Mary’s complete story that was published by the Tennessee Stories Project, sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee and Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region.


“My partner and I had been together for almost two years when I had an abortion. I was on birth control, but I wasn’t good at taking the pill at the same time every day. I realized my period was late in December and started worrying. After taking three store-bought pregnancy tests, I thought, “okay, this might be a problem.”

I guess in my mind I always knew it wasn’t the time to have a baby, and I was okay with the idea of an abortion. I don’t know if I really second-guessed myself too much. Maybe it was the feminist in me growing up, but I was fine with it. Of course, there was a lot of stigma, and that made me really nervous. I didn’t want to tell my parents or my friends. It was just between my partner and I…”

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