i felt a sense of empowerment

Diary Entry 13: Adriana, 31 (Brooklyn, NY, 2012)

Adriana shares her experience of choosing to have an abortion in New York City.

(Published on February 6, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: New York, NY)

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i knew i would be a mother

Diary Entry 12:  Nikki, 26 (New Orleans, LA, 2001)

Nikki shares her story of obtaining an abortion while she was a high school freshman in New Orleans, Louisiana.

(Published on January 30, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: New York, NY)

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abortion was the right decision for me

Diary Entry 11:  Ilene Y., 67 (Manhattan, NY, 1970)

Ilene shares her story of obtaining an abortion in New York City in 1970, the year that abortion was legalized in New York State and three years before Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court case guaranteed the right to safe and legal abortions in the United States.

(Published on January 23, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: New York, NY)

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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.

Read Shawnee’s blogpost here.

(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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