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 Sandy’s story. She talks about what it was like to decide to have an abortion early in her pregnancy but, after being turned away by her gynecologist, having to wait until she could obtain care at a local Planned Parenthood. Sandy further reflects on why she believes it’s important to share abortion stories. Read her full narrative that was published by The Huffington Post.
“My abortion was many years ago. I was in a monogamous relationship. I was on birth control. Believe it or not, I even took the morning after pill.
I still got pregnant.
Accidents happen sometimes, despite precautions.
Ever since my mid-20s, I knew I didn’t want children of my own. My reasons are personal, and I’m clear they are right for me. I love children. I just don’t want biological children of my own.
My boyfriend at the time didn’t either.
I knew what the best decision was, what was best for my body and my emotional well-being…”