Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The below excerpt is from Briana’s story. She talks about the abortion she had in high school, some of the mental health challenges she was navigating at the time, and why she has decided to speak up about her experience. Read Briana’s complete essay that was published in Stony Brook University’s The Statesman.
“…I have a voice that refuses to be silenced by shame any longer.
I am a woman who is standing up and saying “I had an abortion, and it was the best decision I ever made.”
I found out I was pregnant in November of 2010, and I can’t even say that that was my lowest moment. That was the year that my parents announced to their three wide-eyed daughters that they would be divorcing. That was the year that we lost the home that my mother herself had grown up in and had to find a new one. That was the year that I was still so broken on the inside that I dealt with my issues by hurting myself on the outside…”