The historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision turned 44 on Sunday, January 22nd. This decision legalized people’s access to abortion, so to celebrate, I thought I’d simply share people’s stories of getting an abortion.
One in three women will get an abortion in their lifetime, and, as Oriaku Njoku of Access Reproductive Care – Southeast shared with Better Georgia earlier this month, people seeking an abortion are incredibly diverse.
The people who support access to abortion are incredibly diverse, too. A recent poll from the folks at Pew Research show that nearly 70 percent of Americans support Roe v. Wade. Support for abortion comes from Republicans and Democrats, from Catholics and Protestants and from people all backgrounds.
The #ShoutYourAbortion Campaign, started last year, encourages people to tell their abortion stories. This is one story from someone who was in an abusive relationship.
Another great place to hear directly from folks who have had an abortion is the 1 in 3 Campaign, named after the fact that one in three women have an abortion.
There’s the story of Kaya, which you can read more of here.
I found out I was pregnant on a hot summer afternoon, my hands shaking as a peed on a pregnancy test, already knowing the answer before the pink symbols appeared. I called my boyfriend of six weeks and with a shaky voice told him to come over. He held me and asked what I wanted to do and made a joke about moving to the suburbs to raise our baby. For me, any option besides terminating the pregnancy wasn’t even considered. I had just graduated from college and knew that having a baby would change my life forever in a way that I wasn’t ready for…
Kaya wrote that during her abortion procedure she felt “incredibly taken care of and supported,” and after:
Later that evening I went to work because I didn’t know how to ask for the evening off. I think the shame and embarrassment made me feel like I didn’t deserve time off for a stupid mistake I had made.
I still haven’t told my dad, and only a couple friends. I want to share with others because it was a big experience I had and I don’t want to be limited by my shame.
While Anna shared:
A lot of people talk about abortion as though it’s a shameful, secretive thing that should be regarded soberly and with some overarching melancholy. Indoctrination by the religious right tells women that our bodies and our lives are created to produce offspring and little else. I refuse to buy into that mentality, and as someone who just did what seemed formerly unthinkable, I want to share that I am empowered, proud, and so grateful that abortion is safe and legal in this country.
You can find her complete story here.