It’s not just me.

Abortion Diary Entry 165: C.G.C., 20 (Manchester, England 2012)*

C.G.C. shares her story of traveling from Galway, Ireland to Manchester, England for an abortion when she was 16 years old.  Ireland has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe.  It is estimated that every day an average of 10 women travel from Ireland to Britain for an abortion.  On May 25th, voters in Ireland will vote on repealing its constitutional ban on abortion (the Eighth Amendment).

(Published on May 10, 2018 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Galway, Ireland)

*This story was recorded in June of 2016.

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I know I did the right thing

Abortion Diary Entry 164: Sue P., 72 (South Orange, NJ 1965 )

Sue shares her story of seeking an illegal abortion in 1965, 8 years before that landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, which guarantees the right to safe and legal abortion in the United States. She also talks about her experiences in the Women’s Movement, founding a women’s theatre troupe (It’s All Right To Be Woman Theatre), and directing a documentary about Connie Cook, a progressive Republican NY Assemblywoman who wrote the legislation that decriminalized abortion in New York State in 1970.

(Published on January 24, 2018 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Ithaca, NY)

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no one ever talks about it

Abortion Diary Entry 163: Hunt, 33 (Bossier City, LA 2015)

Hunt shares her experience seeking an abortion in Louisiana. She talks about being lied to at a Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC), driving several hours to one of the few remaining abortion clinics in Louisiana, and the lack of affordable medical care in her community. She also shares her experience talking to some of her friends and family about her decision to get an abortion.

(Published on November 17, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Lafayette, LA)

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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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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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It’s okay to have it be messy

Abortion Diary Entry 159: Marisol, 32 (Dhaka, Bangladesh 2011)

Marisol shares her experience of having an abortion with the help of Women on Web while she was working in Bangladesh.

(Published on August 1, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New York, NY)

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I feel like it’s a scarlet A

Abortion Diary Entry 158: Jackie, 37 (Cincinnati, OH 2004)

Jackie shares her story of traveling to Cincinnati, OH from Louisville, KY for an abortion, and talks about her experience working in public health in New Orleans, LA.

(Published on June 8, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New Orleans, LA)

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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 have felt very, very alone.

Abortion Diary Entry 155: Anonymous, 31 (Tuscaloosa, AL 2013)

Anonymous shares her experience seeking an abortion in Alabama, and talks about the post-abortion rituals she created for herself afterward.

(Published on April 20, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Tuscaloosa, AL)

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