nobody thinks they’re going to need an abortion

Abortion Diary Entry 86: Ali, 32 (Minneapolis, MN 2009)

Ali shares her story of obtaining an abortion in Minneapolis, MN and also talks about her work as an abortion doula.

(Published on February 17, 2015 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Seattle, WA)

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there’s no room for blame

Diary Entry 78: Liesl C., 30 (Charlotte, NC and Pasadena, CA 2010)

Liesl shares her two abortion stories and the song she wrote about those experiences.

(Published on January 6, 2015 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Joshua Tree, CA)

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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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i don’t regret anything

Diary Entry 71: Angie, 31 (Los Angeles, CA 2011)

Angie shares her story of seeking an abortion as a graduate student in Los Angeles, CA and the post abortion ritual she performed after her abortion.

(Published on December 2, 2014 |Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Los Angeles, CA)

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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 was a rite of passage

Diary Entry 66: Fawn W., 38 (San Francisco, CA 1998)

Fawn shares her story of obtaining an abortion in San Francisco, CA in the late 90s.

(Published on November 18, 2014| Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: Portland, OR)

Why did Melissa create The Abortion Diary? Watch her story here.

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i can say that i have no regrets

Diary Entry 54: Kristina, 32 with Baby E, 2 and Baby X, 4 (Norwich, CT 2004)

Kristina shares her story of seeking an abortion as a college student.  She also shares her experience with herbal abortifacients, and the art project about her abortion that she created during the six weeks she had to wait before obtaining her abortion.*

(Published on October 7, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Providence, RI)

*I apologize for the wind.   We, unexpectedly, had to record outside.

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kristina’s belly cast tombstone

Kristina made belly cast tombstones while she was pregnant and waiting for her abortion appointment.  She used the belly casts as tombstones in art exhibit at her college. Listen to Kristina’s story here.

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i knew i couldn’t be a single parent

Diary Entry 53:  Sue D., 71 (Queens, NY 1985)

Sue shares her story of seeking an abortion in New York City when she was in her early 40s, and writing her pro-choice novel, Love Means Second Chances.

(Published on September 30, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New York, NY)

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