It’s not just me.

Abortion Diary Entry 165: C.G.C., 20 (Manchester, England 2012)*

C.G.C. shares her story of traveling from Galway, Ireland to Manchester, England for an abortion when she was 16 years old.  Ireland has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe.  It is estimated that every day an average of 10 women travel from Ireland to Britain for an abortion.  On May 25th, voters in Ireland will vote on repealing its constitutional ban on abortion (the Eighth Amendment).

(Published on May 10, 2018 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Galway, Ireland)

*This story was recorded in June of 2016.

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I know I did the right thing

Abortion Diary Entry 164: Sue P., 72 (South Orange, NJ 1965 )

Sue shares her story of seeking an illegal abortion in 1965, 8 years before that landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, which guarantees the right to safe and legal abortion in the United States. She also talks about her experiences in the Women’s Movement, founding a women’s theatre troupe (It’s All Right To Be Woman Theatre), and directing a documentary about Connie Cook, a progressive Republican NY Assemblywoman who wrote the legislation that decriminalized abortion in New York State in 1970.

(Published on January 24, 2018 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Ithaca, NY)

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It’s okay to have it be messy

Abortion Diary Entry 159: Marisol, 32 (Dhaka, Bangladesh 2011)

Marisol shares her experience of having an abortion with the help of Women on Web while she was working in Bangladesh.

(Published on August 1, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New York, NY)

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Women don’t want to hide anymore

Abortion Diary Entry 153: Anonymous, 43 (Manchester, England 2013)

Anonymous shares her story of needing to travel to England from Northern Ireland for an abortion. Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland.

For more information about the abortion rights campaign in Northern Ireland, visit http://www.alliance4choice.com.

(Published on March 30, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland)

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I didn’t want to buy into the stigma

Abortion Diary Entry 152: Anonymous, 65 (Poughkeepsie, NY 1969 )

Anonymous shares her pre-Roe adoption and abortion experiences. She also shares her experience searching for and reuniting with her daughter.

(Published on March 21, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Ithaca, NY)

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It just wasn’t a good time

Abortion Diary Entry 150: Laura, 64 (New York, NY 1972 and Orlando, FL 1974)

Laura shares her experiences with abortion in the 1970s.

(Published on February 28, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Venice, FL)

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Hello, this is Jane.

Abortion Diary Entry 145: Judith Arcana, 73

Judith Arcana shares her experiences as a Jane in The Abortion Counseling Service of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union (usually known as JANE*), the underground abortion service in Chicago.  From 1968-1973, JANE provided over 11,000 people safe and affordable abortions, and abortion counseling. 

In August 2014, I posted the recording of my first interview with Judith.  In this second interview, she talks about who performed abortions for Jane, how she learned to perform abortions, and how women were counseled by the service.  She offers us a history lesson and her wisdom, both of which we must learn from in these uncertain times.

Judith Arcana is a writer – and a Jane, a member of the feminist underground service. She worked in the service for two years, and then taught classes on women’s health and sexuality for the Women’s Liberation School.   Judith writes books, poems, stories, and essays, and hosts Poetry and Everything on KBOO community radio in Oregon on the fourth Monday of every month at 10:00 pm.  She published a fiction zine rooted in abortion service history, Keesha and Joanie and JANE. Visit Judith’s website: http://www.juditharcana.com/home/

(Published on January 24, 2017| Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

Part I

*For more information about JANE read Judith’s books, poems, and essays, and Laura Kaplan’s book, The Story of Jane.

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I see it as one little aspect of a life full of events

Abortion Diary Entry 143: Katharina M., 28 (Karak, Jordan 2011)

Katharina shares her experience of having an abortion in Jordan with the help of Women on Web and talks about her activist work with Ciocia Basia, a Berlin based group that helps Polish women access abortion in Germany.

(Published on January 10, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Berlin, Germany)

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i never ever regretted it

Abortion Diary Entry 134: S.M., 38 (Belfast, Northern Ireland 2007)

S.M. discusses becoming a young mother while in college, and shares her experiences with miscarriage and seeking an abortion in Northern Ireland, where abortion is illegal, after a diagnosis of Spina Bifida.

(Published on June 14, 2016 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland)

For more information about the abortion rights campaign in Northern Ireland, visit www.alliance4choice.com.

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