Abortion Story #304: My abortion was “not a moral failing.”

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Excerpted below is a portion of Melissa Petro’s story. She reflects on her experience in the context of a decree issued by the Pope in 2015, which declared that Catholic priests could “absolve” individuals who have had abortions. In addition to sharing what her surgical abortion was like, Melissa affirms that her decision was not a sin requiring forgiveness. Read her complete narrative that was published by the Daily Dot.


“…Though I do not argue that Pope Francis has met many women “who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision,” this is simply not the experience of all women who’ve had an abortion. Certainly, it wasn’t mine. The abortion I had in my mid-20s was no existential ordeal. It was a medical procedure, not a moral failing.

My abortion wasn’t an agonizing decision. Instead, I’d call it a no-brainer. I was 22 years old, an undergraduate in college, and living in New York City, working an unpaid internship during the day while working nights as a stripper. I was sleeping around on my boyfriend when I missed my period. Two weeks later, I took a pregnancy test in this guy’s friend’s cruddy bathroom….”

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