that was a secret i had to keep

Diary Entry 30: Anonymous, 31 (Oakland, CA 2005)

Anonymous shares her experience of seeking an abortion as a college student in California.

(Published on June 5, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Los Angeles, CA)

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it was just not the right moment in my life

Diary Entry 28: Sara S., 30 (Seattle, WA, 2003)

Sara shares her experience with medication abortion in Seattle, Washington.

(Published on May 22, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Oakland,
CA)

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it was illegal

Diary Entry 27: Devra W., 67 (Los Angeles, CA, 1966, 1969 and 1970)

Devra shares her abortion experiences, including one illegal abortion in 1966 and two menstrual extractions at Planned Parenthood, in Los Angeles, CA,  after abortion became legal in CA. She also discusses her experience in the Women’s Liberation Movement and how talking to other women at women’s groups about reproductive choices was essential to her abortion experience.

(Published on May 15, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Los Angeles, CA)

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you never have to go through this alone

Diary Entry 26:  Esther W., 30 (Richmond, CA, 2003)

Esther shares her experience of seeking an abortion as a college student in California.

(Published on May 8, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Oakland, CA)

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it’s a much deeper and more expansive experience than trying to put it in a box

Diary Entry 25: Katie, 33 (Portland, OR 2013)

Katie shares her abortion experience in Portland, Oregon and how it affected her relationship with her partner.

(Published on May 1, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

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i know i did the right thing

Diary Entry 24:  Shanale, 41 (Oakland, CA 1992)

Shanale shares her  experience becoming a mother at a young age and an abortion experience as a teenager in Oakland, CA.

(Published on April 24, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Oakland, CA)

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i feel more like i saved a life

Diary Entry 23:  Josephine W., 55 (Santa Cruz, CA 1979/80 and New York City, NY 1986)

Josephine shares her two vastly different abortion experiences; one as a college student in Santa Cruz, CA and a second abortion in her mid-twenties in New York, New York.

(Published on April 17, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Los Angeles, CA)

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it’s like a gift when someone shares their story

Diary Entry 22:  Francis, 23 (San Francisco, CA 2007)

Francis shares her abortion experience as a teenager in San Francisco, CA.

(Published on April 10, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Oakland, CA)

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I never regretted it for a moment

Diary Entry 19: Jean R., 73 (Rosarito Beach, Mexico, 1964/65 and San Bernardino, CA, 1965/66)

Jean, a mother of two, shares her experiences of seeking two abortions in the 1960s, before Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court case, guaranteed the right to safe and legal abortions in the United States.

(Published on March 20, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Salinas, CA)

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i needed there to be some kind of consequence

Diary Entry 17: Anonymous, 27 (Portland, OR, 2010)

Anonymous shares his experience of supporting his girlfriend through their abortion experience in Portland, Oregon.

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

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