Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. What follows is an excerpt that begins Jazmyne’s story, who opens up about her abortion in college and shares information she wished she had known before her surgical procedure. Jazmyne also notes that, while she thinks about what her child would have been like and grieved her pregnancy loss, she does not regret her decision. Read her full narrative published by HerCampus.
“Earlier this year, I experienced debilitating migraines. I couldn’t sleep. I could barely see straight. I missed class. I missed work. I was in never-ending distress. I’d wake up my boyfriend at the time crying because I was in so much pain. He’d get me ginger ale at 3:00 AM hoping it was just a stomachache. I didn’t know what was wrong with me.
I reached out to my mom about migraines because she used to get them when she was younger. She told me that migraines are hormonal and that I should see if I was pregnant. She didn’t pressure me to tell her or assume that was the reason, but she wanted me to rule that out as a possibility. I scoffed a little bit because there was no way I was pregnant. Even still, I bought a pregnancy test at City Co 10 minutes after my mom sent that text just to be sure.
I ran to the public bathroom in the freshman dorm and immediately took the test. The negative line began to appear and I breathed a sigh of relief. Then the positive line showed up and I audibly said, “FUCK!” I held my head in disbelief….”