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 Erika’s story. She opens up about ending a much wanted pregnancy. Given abortion restrictions where she lived in New York, she had to travel to another state for care. In addition to reflecting on her personal experience, Erika also speaks of realizing her own past judgment about abortion later in pregnancy. Read her full story that was published by Refinery29.
“I got the call from my husband. The genetic counselor he’d spoken to over the phone had shared our files with other geneticists in the obstetrics office who all confirmed our baby’s fatal condition. He also said, with confusion and disbelief in his voice, the counselor had mentioned Colorado as a possible option for obtaining our termination. His voice grew raspy as he said it again into the phone: Colorado.
We lived in Brooklyn. Our world-class maternal fetal medicine doctors were in Manhattan…”