Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is an excerpt from Katarzyna’s experience. While believing abortion was the “right choice” for her, she speaks of also moving through shame, stigma, and feelings of loss. Katarzyna further talks about being inspired by Polish women’s 2016 protests against that country’s abortion restrictions. Read her complete story that was published by MTV.
“I laid the pregnancy test flat on my sink. When two pink lines materialized and confirmed my suspicions, I was calm. I vaguely considered what I was going to do over the next few days. I had an assignment that was due soon and I’d agreed to do a photo shoot with a photographer friend as a favor — although I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to fit into the outfit she’d planned for me to wear since my breasts had ballooned in the last few days.
I made some tea. I painted my nails. I finished the assignment and went to bed…”