It’s kind of an experience you tuck way

Diary Entry 10:  Kristie, 37 (Brooklyn, NY, 2010)

Kristie shares her story of seeking an abortion in New York City in 2010.  She talks about her experience at a Crisis Pregnancy Center in Brooklyn, and with Emergency Contraception and medication abortion.

(Published on January 16, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: New York, NY)

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I never really emotionally dealt with it

Diary Entry 9: NJR, 55 (Toronto, Canada, 1987)

NJR shares her story of seeking an abortion while she was a graduate student in Toronto, Canada.

(Published on January 9, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New York, NY )

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sharing is really powerful

Diary Entry 8:  Melissa M., 34 (Washington Heights, NY, 1997)

Melissa shares her personal abortion story and how it led her to create The Abortion Diary Podcast 16 years later.

You can read Melissa’s blogpost about her abortion experience and why she created the podcast here.

(Published on January 2, 2014 | Listener: Shawnee B.G. |Location: New York, NY)

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It was a good decision

Diary Entry 7: Anonymous, 30 and Henry, 32 (Bronx, NY, 2003 and 2008)

Henry and his partner discuss their abortion experiences and how making the choice to have those abortions allowed them to build the foundation to have the family they want in the future.

(Published on December 26, 2013 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: New York, NY)

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i don’t regret not becoming a mother then

Diary Entry 6:  Shawnee B.G., 45 (Queens, NY, 1983)

Shawnee shares her story of obtaining an abortion in 1983, the impact it had on her life and her path to healing.

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(Published on December 19, 2013 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: New York, NY)

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i carried my sonogram with me for a year

Diary Entry 5:  Kim, 32 (Harlem, New York, 2010)

Kim, a mother of two, shares her story about seeking an abortion in New York City in 2010. In the United States, 6 in 10 women having an abortion already have a child, and more than 3 in 10 already have two or more children.

(Published on December 12, 2013 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: New York, NY)

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It was terrible to remember

Diary Entry 4:  Simone, 51 (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, 1981)

Simone shares her abortion experience in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil in 1981 where abortion was and still is prohibited by law. Currently, Brazilian law states that a pregnancy can only be terminated if it was a result of a rape, the child would not survive outside of the womb, or if the woman’s health is in danger.  It is estimated that 800,000 to 1 million people have illegal abortions in Brazil every year.

(Published on December 5, 2013 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: New York, NY)

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i lost a person

Diary Entry 3: Anonymous, 34 (Brooklyn, NY, 2009)

A mother of two shares her story of obtaining an abortion in Brooklyn, NY in 2009. In the United States, about 61% of abortions are obtained by women who have one or more children.

(Published on November 28, 2013 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: New York, NY)

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i had an abortion

Someone recently told me that every trip is a necessary part of the journey. I would have never guessed that my abortion experience 16 years ago would have birthed The Abortion Diary Podcast.

I woke up in a small room with 2 or 3 other women. I was sitting in a chair with a thick maxi pad between my thighs, and I was throwing up in a plastic, kidney-shaped basin. I was seventeen years old. It was the summer after my high school graduation. I just had an abortion.

While I was in high school I lived in a rented house in Yonkers, NY with my strict, Dominican parents and two younger siblings. My parents never talked to me about sex except to tell me not to have it. I didn’t learn about sex at school either. I had attended an all girls Catholic high school in Hartsdale, NY. A mousy woman with frizzy brown hair taught my “health” class. She was visibly shaking in front of our class of thirty girls when she tried to talk about sex.  The bottom line was that I didn’t have the tools to keep myself from getting pregnant.

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it’s not a big deal

Diary Entry 2:  Rachel C., 29 (New York, NY 2012)

Rachel shares her story about seeking an abortion in New York City in 2012.

(Published on November 21, 2013 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: New York, NY)

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