Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following excerpt comes from Christina F.’s story. A single mom living in Alabama, she speaks about her decision to have an abortion despite knowing that she would want to have more children one day. Christina also talks about the requirements she had to meet to obtain care, including making at least three trips to a clinic in another city. Listen to her full experience that was published as audio interview #162 by The Abortion Diary.
“I was…thirty-two when I had my abortion and it was a very, very, very…difficult decision because I want another child so badly. I have a daughter and I had a very traumatic birth with her. And then, I had a second pregnancy when she was…three and had a very…traumatic [and] late miscarriage… Then, I got divorced. But [I] have wanted more children badly ever since I had my daughter, for lots of reasons: One, because I would love to experience it again. I would love…to grow my family, but I also would love to have the opportunity to…re-lay memories about my [experience giving] birth. …I was really looking forward to having…more children.
…After I got divorced, I was in a long-term relationship and we had discussed having children – we were both very excited about it and had decided to not try, but not not try, and kind of see what that meant and where that would go. …I became pregnant, which was exciting – except it was at a time when [my] relationship…was beginning to become very unstable…”