Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The excerpt below opens Zoraima’s story. Having grown up in an immigrant family experiencing poverty, she shares how her goals to achieve financial security and pursue a college education factored into her decision to obtain an abortion. Zoraima also reflects on navigating abortion stigma. Read her complete narrative that was published by Teen Vogue.
“I am a first-generation American and a college student. Both of my sisters were teenage mothers and I witnessed the struggles they experienced firsthand.
When my little sister had become pregnant, she did consider abortion and then ultimately decided not to, and we all really supported that decision. It’s about understanding what someone’s life is, and supporting them to do what’s best for that life. We supported my sister when she thought she wanted to have an abortion and then we supported her when she changed her mind. And we supported her as a teenage mother…”