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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Diary Entry 74: Karo, 32 (Dayton, OH 2001)

Karo shares her story of obtaining an abortion as a college student in Dayton, OH.

(Published on December 16, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Oklahoma City, OK).

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Diary Entry 73: Melissa, 35 (Washington D.C. 2004)

Melissa shares her story of obtaining an abortion in Washington, D.C. after she was raped  in Vanuatu, where she had been a Peace Corps volunteer.

(Published on December 9, 2014 |Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Seattle, WA)

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Diary Entry 72: Sara, 53 (Portland, OR 1983)

Sara shares her story of choosing to have an abortion while she was a college student in Portland, OR.

(Published on December 9, 2014 |Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Vashon Island, WA)

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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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Diary Entry 70: Marie, 52 (Tallahassee, FL 1983, NYC, NY (2) late 1990s, Fort Lauderdale, FL 2001 and 2002)

Marie shares her experiences obtaining abortions at different times in her life and why she is now pro-life.

(Published on December 2, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL)

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Diary Entry 69: Nicole, 28 (Miami, FL 2002)

Nicole shares her story of obtaining an abortion as a 16 year old high school student.

(Published on November 25, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Pembroke Pines, FL)

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Diary Entry 68: Emily K., 25 (Portland, OR 2011)

Emily shares her story of seeking an abortion in Portland, OR after getting pregnant while using an IUD.

(Published on November 25, 2014| Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

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Yesterday, I celebrated the one year anniversary of The Abortion Diary by speaking at Florida Gulf Coast University. It was a packed house!  We discussed abortion access, our beliefs, abortion story-sharing and the power of sharing our stories.  We also shared our own stories and experiences with each other.

I am stunned by all that this year has brought.  100 stories have been shared with me for The Abortion Diary in the last year. This is a big deal for me because when I came up with this idea, this podcast on abortion stories, I was pretty sure no one would share their story with me. I’m so grateful to them all. They’ve given all of us such a gift. We are fortunate to be able to listen to them. Thank you to all The Abortion Diary story-sharers (all 100 of you) for the gift of your stories, and for being brave and badass. And Thank you all for listening.

Celebrate with me and watch this special video story (thanks to all I learned at The Center for Digital Storytelling) that I made about my journey to The Abortion Diary.

With Gratitude,

Melissa

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I made this special video story (thanks to all I learned at The Center for Digital Storytelling) about my journey to creating The Abortion Diary.

- Melissa

"Receiving"

As I sat at her kitchen table, Amanda shared her story with me as her five year old son ate breakfast and played with his legos in another room.Before I knocked on her door in Portland, Oregon that morning, we were both complete strangers to one another. She was the 42nd person to share her story with me.

Someone recently told me that every trip is part of the journey. My life journey took a major detour a year ago. I was supposed to be a college professor. I spent eight years in a Ph.D. program where I sat in libraries surrounded by stacks of books and stood in classrooms full of college students. I became a historian. I learned to read about people found in the brown, torn pages I uncovered in hot, dusty archives and tell those stories. One day I realized I needed to tell my own story and listen to the voices of other people as they shared their own stories in their own words.

That’s when I started to listen.  ...continue reading