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 me, well us 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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Diary Entry 67: Nan W., 55 (Phoenix, Arizona 1982)

Nan shares her story of obtaining an abortion in Phoenix, AZ in her early 20s.

(Published on November 18, 2014| Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: Vashon Island, WA)

Why did Melissa create The Abortion Diary? Watch her story here.

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Diary Entry 66: Fawn W., 38 (San Francisco, CA 1998)

Fawn shares her story of obtaining an abortion in San Francisco, CA in the late 90s.

(Published on November 18, 2014| Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: Portland, OR)

Why did Melissa create The Abortion Diary? Watch her story here.

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Diary Entry 65:  Sara C., 25 (Renton, WA 2008)

Sara shares her story of choosing to have an abortion in Renton, Washington and then choosing to become a mother a few years later.

(Published on November 11. 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: Vashon Island, WA)

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Diary Entry 64: Francine S., 47 (West Palm Beach, FL 2007)

Francine shares her story of obtaining an abortion after receiving a trisomy 13 diagnosis.

(Published on November 11, 2014  | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: Boynton Beach, FL)

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Diary Entry 63: Epi W., 62 (Upstate New York, 1973 & 1978)

Epi shares his two personal experiences with abortion in Upstate New York during the 1970s.

(Published on November 4, 2014| Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: Vashon Island, Washington)

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Diary Entry 62: Rahel, 35 (New York, NY 2005 )

Rahel shares her second trimester abortion experience in New York City.

(Published on November 4, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: New York, NY)

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Diary Entry 61: Melissa, 26 (Brooklyn, NY 2008)

Melissa shares her story of seeking an abortion as a college student in New York City.

(Published on October 28, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: New York, NY)

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Diary Entry 60:  Judi M., 62 (New York, NY 1968/9 and Englewood Cliffs, NJ 1978)

Judi shares her story of obtaining an illegal abortion as a 16 year old high school student in the 1960s after being raped by a family friend, and a legal abortion in her twenties.  She also discusses her work helping other women obtain abortions in New York before abortion was legal in New Jersey, working as a clinic escort at an abortion clinic in New Jersey after abortion became legal after the Roe v. Wade decision, and choosing not to have children.

(Published on October 28, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: Venice, FL)

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