Nobody talked to me about birth control

Abortion Diary Entry 160: Lisa, 48 (Michigan, 1986)

Lisa shares her story of seeking an abortion as a freshman in college and also talks about her birth experiences in her thirties. She also discusses her abortion experience with her daughter on the podcast.

(Published on August 15, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Farmington Hills, MI)

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There still was a reluctance to say it out loud

Abortion Diary Entry 157: Alison, 55 (New York, NY 1979, Kalamazoo, MI 1979 and Rochester, NY 1982)

Alison shares her experiences of seeking abortions at different times in her life. She also talks about of being a surviver of sexual assault.

(Published on May 16, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Granville, OH)

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I didn’t want to buy into the stigma

Abortion Diary Entry 152: Anonymous, 65 (Poughkeepsie, NY 1969 )

Anonymous shares her pre-Roe adoption and abortion experiences. She also shares her experience searching for and reuniting with her daughter.

(Published on March 21, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Ithaca, NY)

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I wanted to be able to tell my own story

Abortion Diary Entry 149: Kassi U., 32 (Barre, Vermont 2004)

Kassi shares her abortion experience, and her journey of enlightenment after abortion, which she chronicles in her new book MAY CAUSE LOVE.

(Published on February 21, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Boston, MA)

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Why do want to share our stories? (An Audio Mosaic)

There isn’t a new abortion diary entry this week. I’ll be posting a new story on Tuesday, January 3rd, and return to our weekly schedule. Until then listen to over 140 stories that have already been posted on The Abortion Diary, and listen to this new audio mosaic of some Abortion Diary story-sharers talking about why they want to share their stories.

Thank you for listening, and have a safe and happy New Years. ~ Melissa

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How can I ask women to share their own stories if I don’t share my own?

Abortion Diary Entry 140: Amy, 46 (Cincinnati, OH 1991/92 & New Orleans, LA 2010/11)

Amy shares her stories of seeking abortions at two very different times in her life, and why she founded the New Orleans Abortion Fund, Louisiana’s abortion fund, in 2012.  She also shares her experience of being a surviver of sexual assault.

(Published on November 23, 2016 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New Orleans, LA)

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I was one of those people

Abortion Diary Entry 135: Anonymous, 25 (Chapel Hill, NC 2009)

Anonymous shares her story of seeking an abortion as a college student in North Carolina.

(Published on June 29, 2016 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Pennsylvania)

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i felt like a criminal

Abortion Diary Entry 133: Rosa, 34 (Liverpool, England 2007)

Rosa shares her story of needing to travel to England from Northern Ireland for an abortion. Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland.

For more information about the abortion rights campaign in Northern Ireland, visit http://www.alliance4choice.com.

(Published on June 7, 2016 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Lisburn, Northern Ireland)

Melissa will be in Belfast, Northern Ireland until June 11th, and Dublin, Ireland from June 12th until June 19th. If you would like to share your story with her for The Abortion Diary Podcast, please e-mail her at [email protected]

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it’s vital that our stories are told

Abortion Diary Entry 132: Katie C., 27 (Clearwater, FL 2009 and Charlotte, NC 2014)

Katie shares her abortion experiences in Florida and North Carolina, and how creative writing helped her process those experiences.

(Published on June 2, 2016 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Tampa, FL)

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