Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Excerpted below is the start of Dartricia’s story. She reflects on ending a pregnancy in high school, opening up about what it felt like to face judgment from so many in her community and how she was moved to ultimately support others seeking abortion care. Read Dartricia’s full essay that was published on Shout Your Abortion.
“I had my first abortion at the age of sixteen, my sophomore year in high school. It was the best decision ever made, but at the time I didn’t really see it that way. My then-boyfriend and father of the unborn fetus was abusive, but I did not really notice at the time. When I told him about the pregnancy and that I probably would not keep it, he immediately told his Christian aunt (his guardian) before I even had the chance to tell my mother. So, by the time I got my bearings and went home to figure out my next move, his aunt was already on the phone with my mom, telling her what ‘she thought was best.’…”