Abortion Story #371: Cath’s abortion in England

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 Cath’s story about her abortion in England. Speaking as a mom of four children, she talks about her decision to end the pregnancy and the hostility she encountered from her doctor when seeking care. Read Cath’s full reflection that was published in The Guardian.


“I had an abortion back in 1997, when I was 31. I had already had four children – aged between two and 10 at the time — and when I realised [sic] I was pregnant again, I knew almost instantly that I didn’t want to go ahead. My husband and I had felt so happy during my earlier pregnancies, but when we discussed this one, both of us were thinking the same thing: what on earth are we going to do?

I went to my GP when I was a couple of weeks pregnant, expecting the process to be straightforward. My doctor kept stalling the process, though. He insisted that I have an NHS pregnancy test, for instance, and, when I went back a few weeks later for the results, he told me bluntly that they hadn’t arrived….”

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