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 part of Robin’s narrative. In 1972, a year before the US Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in Roe v. Wade, Robin was 19. She opens up about getting support from her father to obtain an abortion. She also speaks to her struggle with alcohol and how it impacted her personal decision. Watch Robin’s complete story, which is shared on video in an interview compilation by The Scene.
“When I tell this story, I always refer to myself as a daughter of privilege because I was very lucky. My father was a doctor and he made the arrangements once I made my decision. …My father drove me there. He was very afraid that he would be fired if they knew he was involved in something like this. …I think he was as scared as I was…”