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 Ivy’s story. She addresses guilt from abortion, sharing her belief that is not an inevitable consequence of seeking care. Opening up about her abortion, Ivy speaks of the support she received from family and friends and how her decision was a “catalyst” for a fulfilling career and volunteer pursuits in reproductive health. Read her complete story that was published by WomensHealthMatters.ca.
“…I was nervous about the abortion because it involved going into a hospital but I knew that it was the right decision for me, a very young woman lacking in both funds and maturity to support a child. Although I’ll never forget the intense emotions associated with that time in my life, I have to say that I never looked back after my abortion. Why? I was lucky to have a boyfriend to support me, a family who didn’t turn their backs on me, and friends who were understanding. Fortunate because I had a boyfriend who walked with me and talked with me, parents who drove me to the hospital on the day of the abortion and friends who cooked a welcome home dinner the day after….”