Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following excerpt opens Jen’s story. She talks about her decision to obtain an abortion in 2002 and the support she received from her partner at the time. Read her full narrative that was published by Feminist Women’s Health Center.
“I wanted to share my story with someone. I thought it might be good because it seems to be so different from all of the others that I have read. I am almost 21. I’ve been with my boyfriend (who is 19) for over 2 years now. When I found out I was pregnant, we had been together for just over a year and a half. The only reasons we thought I might be was that I had been getting sick everyday for no apparent reason. A week later when I missed my period, I went out and got a test. My boyfriend actually looked at the results first. When I heard it was positive, I just about had a panic attack. He was very calm and brought me over to his bed to sit down and talk about what we were going to do…”