Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is a brief excerpt from Katie’s abortion story, speaking about the first abortion she had when she was 21 years old. She talks about the unexpected pregnancy that happened while she was tracking her period naturally. Not wanting to ever have children, Katie opens up about her decision to have a surgical abortion, including her feelings before obtaining care. Listen to Katie’s full narrative that was published as a podcast by The Abortion Diary.
“…When I made the appointment, it was a week before I would be going in for the abortion. And for that entire week, I found myself…feeling differently hour to hour. At some points, I felt like my body had been invaded. …I was physically sick…. [I] knew that I was pregnant but that I did not want to be. And then you start to feel guilty, because it is this, you know – somebody is ready for it. …It’s a wonderful thing, but if you’re not ready for it and the climate is not right, you know, you can start feeling really ugly towards it. And we’re told that we’re not allowed to feel that way. So, when you start to feel that… at least for me, guilt began to set in, like, “why don’t I feel worse about this? why do I so badly want this to be over? Is this Ok?”…”