Abortion Story #381: Rachel’s later abortion in Detroit

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 Rachel’s story. She opens up about learning of a severe fetal anomaly and deciding, with her husband, to have a surgical abortion after 21 weeks of pregnancy. Rachel shares about the diagnosis; making a decision to end the pregnancy; considering her options for care; traveling to another city to access abortion; and the emotions that followed. Read her full narrative that was published in Women’s Health magazine.


“…it’s been a full year since my baby was supposed to come into this world. I think about the child we lost every day. The grief will never leave me. It comes and goes. Sometimes, I’ll be fine for weeks or even months, and then I’ll have a couple of bad days. I know it’s part of it.

Still, I know that having an abortion was the right choice for us. All of our options were bad ones: bringing a really sick child into the world, or ending my pregnancy. Choosing to have a baby with severe issues takes a different kind of courage, but it also takes courage to end a pregnancy. The choice is so individual and personal, and there’s no right or wrong answer that applies to everyone….”

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