there was a lot of shame around it

Abortion Diary Entry 94: Katherine R., 38 (Hartford, CT 1994)

Katherine shares her experience with abortion as a teenager in Hartford, CT and the Japanese Buddhist ritual, Mizuko Kuyo, she undertook to process and heal from her abortion experience.

(Published on April 14, 2015 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Los Angeles, CA)

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it’s a choice that shouldn’t be taken away

Abortion Diary Entry 89: Danny, 63 & Francesca, 67 (New York, NY 1986)

Francesca and Danny share their experiences with infertility, miscarraige, and choosing to have an abortion after a trisome 18 diagnosis.

(Published on March 10, 2015 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Oakland, CA)

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i never looked back

Diary Entry 84: Carol C., 70 (New York City, NY 1974/75)

Carol shares her story of obtaining an abortion as a married mother of two children in the mid 1970s and talks about her work with abortion funds in South Florida.

(Published on February 3, 2015 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Miami, FL)

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i’m tired of being silenced

Diary Entry 79: Arely L.B., 26 (West Palm Beach, FL 2010)

Arely shares her story of seeking an abortion in South Florida.

(Published on January 6, 2015 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Sunrise, FL)

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it can even happen to the married, mormon peace corps volunteer

Diary Entry 73: Melissa, 35 (Washington D.C. 2004)

Melissa shares her story of obtaining an abortion in Washington, D.C. after she was raped  in Vanuatu, where she had been a Peace Corps volunteer.

(Published on December 9, 2014 |Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Seattle, WA)

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the abortion diary is one year old!

Yesterday, I celebrated the one year anniversary of The Abortion Diary by speaking at Florida Gulf Coast University. It was a packed house!  We discussed abortion access, our beliefs, abortion story-sharing and the power of sharing our stories.  We also shared our own stories and experiences with each other.

I am stunned by all that this year has brought.  100 stories have been shared with me for The Abortion Diary in the last year. This is a big deal for me because when I came up with this idea, this podcast on abortion stories, I was pretty sure no one would share their story with me. I’m so grateful to them all. They’ve given all of us such a gift. We are fortunate to be able to listen to them. Thank you to all The Abortion Diary story-sharers (all 100 of you) for the gift of your stories, and for being brave and badass. And Thank you all for listening.

Celebrate with me and watch this special video story (thanks to all I learned at The Center for Digital Storytelling) that I made about my journey to The Abortion Diary.

With Gratitude,

Melissa

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receiving

I made this special video story (thanks to all I learned at The Center for Digital Storytelling) about my journey to creating The Abortion Diary.

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“Receiving”

As I sat at her kitchen table, Amanda shared her story with me as her five year old son ate breakfast and played with his legos in another room.Before I knocked on her door in Portland, Oregon that morning, we were both complete strangers to one another. She was the 42nd person to share her story with me.

Someone recently told me that every trip is part of the journey. My life journey took a major detour a year ago. I was supposed to be a college professor. I spent eight years in a Ph.D. program where I sat in libraries surrounded by stacks of books and stood in classrooms full of college students. I became a historian. I learned to read about people found in the brown, torn pages I uncovered in hot, dusty archives and tell those stories. One day I realized I needed to tell my own story and listen to the voices of other people as they shared their own stories in their own words.

That’s when I started to listen. 

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it ripped my heart apart

Diary Entry 63: Epi W., 62 (Upstate New York, 1973 & 1978)

Epi shares his two personal experiences with abortion in Upstate New York during the 1970s.

(Published on November 4, 2014| Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: Vashon Island, Washington)

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