Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The expert below is from Olivia’s story. Five years later, she reflects on her decision to have a medication abortion when she was in college. While Olivia opens up about feeling alone for some of her experience, she considers her abortion “the best thing [she has] ever done for [her]self.” Read her full narrative that was published by the Tennessee Stories Project.
“As a sophomore in college, I had been seeing a new boyfriend of mine for 3 or 4 months. We were sexually active, and did not usually use protection. One day he came over and told me he thought we should break up — I was bummed, but agreed we should both be moving on.
About a week went by before I noticed my period was late. I remember going to the pharmacy down the street to buy a pregnancy test and having two waves of emotions: 1. embarrassment, trying to hide what I was buying and 2. a surge of feminism telling me I was a grown woman, and that this was perfectly normal. I bought the test, brought it home, and took it. It read positive but I wasn’t convinced…”