this is a sacred experience

Diary Entry 75: Rhea, W., 39 (Wichita, KS 1994 and Portland, OR 2014)

Rhea shares her two abortion experiences at very different stages of her life; her first as a college student in Wichita, KS (at Dr. George Tiller’s clinic) and the second while in her thirties and a mother of two children.

(Published on December 16, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

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no one talked about it

Diary Entry 59: Lisa, 41 (Cleveland, OH 2013)

Lisa shares her story of seeking an abortion while she was 40 year old graduate student writing her doctoral dissertation, and a mother of a college student.

(Published on October 21, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New York, NY)

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abortion was the only option

Diary Entry 56: Anonymous, 38 (Indiana/Ohio, 1997)

Anonymous shares her story of traveling to Ohio in order to obtain an abortion while she was as a college student in Indiana.

(Published on October 14, 2014| Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

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it’s still a cause of some grief

Diary Entry 47: C.D., 32 (Chicago, IL 2003)

C.D. shares her abortion experience in Chicago and the Japanese Buddhist ritual, Mizuko Kuyo, she undertook to process her abortion experience.

(Published on September 2, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Cambridge, MA)

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we were of use

Diary Entry 45: Judith,  71 (Chicago, IL, 1974)

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,  and her own abortion experience soon after the Roe v. Wade decision.

Judith Arcana is a writer – and a Jane, a member of the feminist underground service that helped more than eleven thousand women and girls have safe illegal abortions in Chicago before the Roe decision in January of 1973. She worked in the service for two years, and then taught classes on women’s health and sexuality for the Women’s Liberation School. Last year she published a fiction zine rooted in abortion service history (Keesha and Joanie and JANE ); her story collection about tattooing and abortion, called Hello. This is Jane. – is currently seeking a publisher. Visit Judith’s website: http://www.juditharcana.com/.

(Published on August 26, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

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you need to have agency in your life

Diary Entry 33: Robin, 54 (Chicago, IL, 1986, New York City, NY 1988 and Chicago, IL, 1991)

Robin shares her experiences with obtaining abortions as a graduate student and also shares her experience with a miscarriage.

(Published on July 1, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Los Angeles, CA)

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it’s ok to make the choice that works for you

Diary Entry 29: Ann, 51 (Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1978/79)

Ann shares her experience of seeking an abortion as a teenager in Minnesota.

(Published on May 29, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Los Angeles,
CA)

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abortion is such a common experience

Diary Entry 21: Vanessa, 39 (Detroit, MI, 1993)

Vanessa shares her experience of seeking an abortion in Detroit, MI.

(Published on April 3, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Oakland, CA)

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