Abortion Story #302: Paola’s Abortion in Chile, 2015

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following excerpt is from Paola’s story. In 2015, living in Chile with her partner, she was happy to be pregnant, but soon developed severe abnormal symptoms in what she calls a “deadly pregnancy.” She shares about her traumatic experience seeking a diagnosis and an abortion while facing hostile doctors in a country that then enforced a total ban on abortion. Read her full narrative that was published in BuzzFeed.

Note: Paola’s experience happened before Chile loosened its total abortion ban. In August 2017, the country’s highest court affirmed a law legalizing abortion care in extremely limited circumstances, including when a woman’s life is endangered. Read more about this step forward via Ms. Magazine’s blog.


“When I was 36, all I really wanted was to have a baby. My partner Marcelo had been asking me to conceive a child for many years, but I was too busy being a workaholic reporter. It wasn’t until that precise moment of my life that I felt the urge to become a mother.

The whole process of trying to get pregnant was fun and successful: after two months of trying, a pregnancy test gave us the great news. We joyfully toasted with a bottle of champagne.

It was too soon to celebrate. Now I know…”

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