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 Penny, who lives in Australia. Now a mom, she opens up about the two abortions she had when she was 18 and 22 years old and about her partners at the time. Penny also considers the stigma of sharing her story while looking back on her personal decisions with “gratitude and relief.” Read her full essay that was published by Mamamia.com.
“I’ve had two abortions and I don’t regret either of them.
Does that sound defensive? I don’t mean for it to. But there’s this unwritten rule about admitting you’ve had an abortion and it’s that you have to say you’re really sad about them.
I’m not, though, and I think it’s important to say that to balance out the prevailing message we always get that abortion is a tragedy and will leave you sad and guilty forever…”