Abortion Story #330: Pro-choice feminist on overcoming fear of talking about her abortion

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. An excerpt from Emily’s story is below, who opens by sharing about her abortion decision. She continues by reflecting on how she had to move through stigma and fear of others’ judgment, despite identifying as a “staunch and outspoken pro-choice feminist.” Read Emily’s complete essay that was published in Bustle.

“…I drove forty minutes to a Planned Parenthood clinic outside Denver and sat staring blankly at the blurry words of a book for two hours in a cold waiting room, until a nurse called my name.

There, by myself, I quietly experienced one of the most difficult and mentally taxing days of my entire life.

I was in a rough place last summer. When I found out I was pregnant, it was the cherry on top of a shit sundae that was piling higher by the second.

And just to be clear, not once — from the second I wondered where my period was, to this very minute as I write these words — have I regretted my decision to terminate that pregnancy…”

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