Abortion Story #333: My abortion as a “natural” decision

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following excerpt is from A.W.’s story. She reflects straightforwardly about her decision to seek an abortion despite her faith background, whom she felt she could turn to for support, and feelings about stigma. Read A.W.’s full story that was published at Shout Your Abortion.

“I didn’t feel bad or sad. It was one of the best decisions I had made. Amidst a range of bad ones.

I wasn’t that surprised or scared either. I knew my period wasn’t going to come. I knew I was pregnant. I knew I had had unprotected (ugh “unprotected”) sex. I knew the logical outcome was that I would be pregnant. I was regular and the day my period didn’t start I bought a pregnancy test and knew the result before I peed on the stick. I immediately called Planned Parenthood (thank goodness for its reputation). Despite a deeply embedded religious upbringing, I took a step that I had never heard of before. A decision that had never figured into my conversations, thoughts, or fears before then was a first impulse. I made an appointment, the conversation was brief but reassuring. My cat provided palpable comfort…”

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