there was a lot of shame around it

Abortion Diary Entry 94: Katherine R., 38 (Hartford, CT 1994)

Katherine shares her experience with abortion as a teenager in Hartford, CT and the Japanese Buddhist ritual, Mizuko Kuyo, she undertook to process and heal from her abortion experience.

(Published on April 14, 2015 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Los Angeles, CA)

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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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i didn’t know anything about him

Diary Entry 82:  Barbara S., Ph.D., 77 (Tulsa, OK 1955/56)

Barbara shares her story of seeking an illegal abortion in Tulsa, OK in the mid-1950s. She also discusses her experience as a founding member of MORAL (Modern Oklahomans for the Repeal of Abortion Laws), an underground abortion service that helped 3,000 people access abortion care in Tulsa, OK before Roe V. Wade, and her work with NARAL in Oklahoma. She begins her story by reading a short piece from the memoir she is writing that explains how she first learned about abortion.

(Published on January 20, 2015 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Tulsa, OK)

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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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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)

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it’s still a cause of some grief

Diary Entry 47: C.D., 32 (Chicago, IL 2003)

C.D. shares her abortion experience in Chicago and the Japanese Buddhist ritual, Mizuko Kuyo, she undertook to process her abortion experience.

(Published on September 2, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Cambridge, MA)

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