LEBANON – ‘I couldn’t comprehend how painful it was’

“Farah* has morbid memories of the abortion she had three years ago, but she cannot recall exactly how long the procedure took. ‘I just felt like it lasted a whole day, the longest day of my life,’ the 26-year-old tells Middle East Eye. ‘I vividly remember the unbearable wait before the operation. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop talking about it…It was gruelling.’ A friend of hers had given her the name and … Continued

UGANDA – It’s so hard. We just pray that one day they hear us

Gladys Margaret‘s daughter, Gladys, was raped by a relative as a teenager and became pregnant. She did not tell her mother what had happened. Not wanting to have a child at such a young age conceived through incest, Gladys tried to terminate the pregnancy herself using local herbs but got an infection and died. “My name is Margaret and I am a widow. I lost my daughter in 2011. She was called Gladys and she … Continued

AUSTRALIA – Play confronts ‘grief for what might have been’

“Emily Steel and her partner Chris knew what their decision would be if they found out their unborn baby had Down’s syndrome. She told her loved ones about it, but she concedes that in ‘real life I tend to play my cards close to my chest’. That is until she made another decision, months later, that enabled her to confront ‘the depth of the emotion and the pain of it’. “It was 2016 and 12 … Continued

USA and A WAR-TORN COUNTRY – Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients

The Story Collider has featured a number of personal abortion stories on their website from a June 2018 show in New York City. They’re too long to reproduce in full here, but it’s well worth reading them to the end. Here are excerpts from two of them: Jacey Powers – an actress and a writer, a stand-up and a storyteller from New York City. There was a lot going on when this whole thing happened. … Continued

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