Abortion Story #363: “My abortion has not taught me to be stricter with myself, but to be kinder.”

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The excerpt below opens Erin’s story, who shares about her abortion in Australia. She talks about her unplanned pregnancy, having a painful medication abortion, and what her experience has taught her about loving herself. Read Erin’s personal reflection that was published by Elephant Journal.


“I haven’t cried yet. And I’m fairly sure that I won’t, either.

I did cry when I found out that I was pregnant though, which says a lot about how sure I am that this was the right decision.

I found out on a Saturday afternoon, sort of as a joke. I’d been feeling sick for a few weeks, my breasts had been abnormally sensitive, and I’d started going off the foods I used to love—suddenly eating like a bird where I’m normally a three-square-meals-and-then-some kind of gal.

My best friend and I were in the car, blasting carefree weekend music, on the way to meet some people for coffee. It was Sam’s last day in the city, and after a lazy Saturday in his air conditioned apartment watching him pack the last of his things, I agreed to tag along to his goodbye coffee date…”

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