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 Alexis’ story. She opens up about not realizing she was pregnant until after 20 weeks, and making a decision to seek an abortion. Read Alexis’ complete story that was published by Mother Jones.
Note: Today, January 29, the US Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would push abortion out of reach of women like Alexis and others who seek care later in pregnancy. The measure, S. 2311, would ban abortion after 20 weeks. Read more about bans on later abortion via Planned Parenthood and Rewire News. To urge your two senators to reject this restriction, find their contact information at Senate.gov.
“…I was 27 weeks pregnant, and I’d had absolutely no idea. I would have had the baby. But the problem for me was, I’m on medication for major depressive disorder and anxiety. So I’d been on anti-depressants. Mood stabilizers. Klonopin. There was no telling what went wrong with the pregnancy while I was taking those. The severity of it — it could be anything. I didn’t want to bring a child into this world who had a non-functioning, miserable life…”