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 Merritt’s story. She reflects on the abortion story shared by then-state senator from Texas, Wendy Davis, who ended wanted pregnancies due to a fetal anomaly and threats to her health. Merritt talks about her own two abortions to highlight a less “sympathetic” experience and counter the public narrative that “categoriz[es] abortions as justified or unjustified.” Read her essay that was published by The New York Times in 2014.
“…I have been pregnant five times. I had a son, then a daughter, and my third pregnancy ended in abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic, at a gestation of about six weeks.
I had an abortion because we were poor and I was depressed and I didn’t know who the father was. I had been having an affair. My kids were 2 and 3, and the debilitating morning sickness, which I experienced early in each of my pregnancies, made it difficult to work or care for two toddlers. I got pregnant again soon after, but miscarried. A few years later I had another abortion because the man I was seeing was emotionally abusive….”