Abortion Story #379: Joselyn’s abortion in South Africa

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following excerpt is from Joselyn’s story. She shares about her abusive relationship, unplanned pregnancy, and decision to have an abortion near where she grew up in South Africa. Joselyn talks about what it felt like to be supported by her mother but shamed by her doctor. Read her full narrative that was published by Marie Claire South Africa.


“…we very quickly fell in love. It was romantic, intense and destructive – he was emotionally manipulative and abusive. When I returned to South Africa my breasts were sore, I was physically exhausted and late by a week. I thought my body was getting used to being back but a pregnancy test told me otherwise. I was terrified and felt completely alone. I knew I did not want, nor could have, a child with a man who had no ambition to stay in one place for longer than six months and had already fathered a child with someone else, only to abandon her in the middle of the pregnancy. I knew immediately that I wanted to terminate. I was in no way emotionally, financially, mentally nor physically capable of raising an unwanted child. As difficult as it was, I confided in my mother who supported me immediately – unlike my doctor….”

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