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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DELIVERANCE: The Rebirth of A Womb

Like so many other women, I have stored hurt, pain, disappointment, guilt, shame and trauma within the confines of this vessel called “my body” and my womb has been the space where the darkest of these experiences have been held. When I was three years old; before I knew what a womb was or that I even had one, it became a dumping ground for the toxic energy of others. This pattern started with me being molested by an adult friend of the family, which triggered a great deal of confusion and imbalance in my life, that I now realize, is part of the backdrop for my abortion story.

As I came of age and fumbled into puberty, I had already experienced things that were too complex for me to navigate or comprehend. I had been prematurely exposed to sex, which catapulted me into a realm designed for adults. Yes, I was maturing psychosexually and intellectually but my emotional and spiritual maturation was stunted by the abuse and the secrets that I was harboring inside. This was the foundation on which my relationships and interactions with the opposite sex were built, and thus, more pain and confusion ensued.

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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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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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a doula for every girl having her first abortion

Diary Entry 1 : Samantha, 37 and Baby J, 1 (Arizona, 2004)

Samantha shares her story of obtaining abortion care in 2004 while she was a 27 year-old undergraduate student in Tempe, Arizona.

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

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