Abortion Story #368: Melissa’s abortion story

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The excerpt that follows is from Melissa’s experience. She shares about her decision to have an abortion in the context of her economic security and not wanting to have a child as a single parent. Read her complete personal narrative that was published in Medium.


“…I pray a lot but I also find a lot of God in music.

At first I thought it was me being really selfish. I remember one time when my Mama called me selfish when she saw me reading, Amy DuBois Barnett’s “Get Yours!” book and I was so hurt. Ashamed.

I didn’t want to be selfish. I mean after all, this is what women do right? Have babies? Won’t that finally make me happy? But after the first blunt, I determined that couldn’t be right. I was broke. No money saved. Underpaid — where was the money gonna come from? I know that people say children are a blessing from God but the financial side of it was already feeling like a burden….”

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