I wish mothers told daughters

Abortion Diary Entry 162: Christina F., 35 (Birmingham, AL 2013)

Christina, a single mother, shares her story of seeking an abortion in Alabama.

(Published on October 2, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Tuscaloosa, AL)

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Women don’t want to hide anymore

Abortion Diary Entry 153: Anonymous, 43 (Manchester, England 2013)

Anonymous 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 March 30, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland)

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Hello, this is Jane.

Abortion Diary Entry 145: Judith Arcana, 73

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.  From 1968-1973, JANE provided over 11,000 people safe and affordable abortions, and abortion counseling. 

In August 2014, I posted the recording of my first interview with Judith.  In this second interview, she talks about who performed abortions for Jane, how she learned to perform abortions, and how women were counseled by the service.  She offers us a history lesson and her wisdom, both of which we must learn from in these uncertain times.

Judith Arcana is a writer – and a Jane, a member of the feminist underground service. She worked in the service for two years, and then taught classes on women’s health and sexuality for the Women’s Liberation School.   Judith writes books, poems, stories, and essays, and hosts Poetry and Everything on KBOO community radio in Oregon on the fourth Monday of every month at 10:00 pm.  She published a fiction zine rooted in abortion service history, Keesha and Joanie and JANE. Visit Judith’s website: http://www.juditharcana.com/home/

(Published on January 24, 2017| Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

Part I

*For more information about JANE read Judith’s books, poems, and essays, and Laura Kaplan’s book, The Story of Jane.

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i never ever regretted it

Abortion Diary Entry 134: S.M., 38 (Belfast, Northern Ireland 2007)

S.M. discusses becoming a young mother while in college, and shares her experiences with miscarriage and seeking an abortion in Northern Ireland, where abortion is illegal, after a diagnosis of Spina Bifida.

(Published on June 14, 2016 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland)

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

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i had a very supportive family

Abortion Diary Entry 129: Emily, 82 (San Juan, Puerto Rico 1964)

Emily shares her story of traveling from Columbus, OH to San Juan, Puerto Rico for an abortion in 1964, and why she founded Women Have Options (WHO/O), Ohio’s statewide abortion fund, decades later.

(Published on March 16, 2016 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Granville, OH)

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abortion is part of life

Abortion Diary Entry 126: Jai, 35 (Cleveland, OH 2001)

Jai shares her abortion experiences in Cleveland, OH.

(Published on February 24, 2016 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Cleveland, OH)

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fue difícil

Abortion Diary Entry 122: Maritsa L., 47 (Quillabamba/Cuzco, Peru 1999)

Maritsa comparte su experiencia con un aborto clandestino en Peru.

Maritsa shares her story of seeking a clandestine abortion in Peru, where abortion is illegal.

(Published on January 7, 2016 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New York, NY)

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you’ll never be alone

Abortion Diary Entry 117: Jae S., 31 (Atlanta, GA 2006, 2013 & 2014)

Jae shares her story of obtaining abortions while raising her children. In the United States, about 61% of abortions are obtained by women who have one or more children.

(Published on October 15, 2015 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Atlanta, GA)

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