Abortion Story #369: Alison’s abortion just over the state line

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is an excerpt from Alison’s story. She reflects on deciding with her husband to end an unplanned pregnancy, what it took to overcome Missouri’s restrictions in order to access abortion care, and what her follow-up was like. Alison further speaks to how her experience was “a privileged one.” She is executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri. Read her full narrative that was published in Riverfront Times.


“…When I finally took the test and realized I was pregnant, my husband and I talked about it. Even though we never wanted children, for many reasons, we talked about it. And for a split second we wondered if we should go through with the pregnancy. In the end, we decided that the answer was no. My husband and I consider ourselves middle class now, but we both have been laid off of work over the last two years, and you never know when that could happen again.

So I can say from personal experience, when you need and want an abortion, YOU HAVE ALREADY THOUGHT ABOUT IT. You don’t need 72 hours. And because of that law, I ended up going to Illinois for a medication abortion instead of visiting Missouri’s sole clinic here in St. Louis….”

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