Diary Entry 43:  Amanda E., 29 (Barre, VT 2005)

Amanda shares her abortion experience and talks about writing a comic book about it. She also shares her experience with Emergency Contraception (Plan B).

(Published on August 19, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

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Diary Entry 42:  Genesis, 24 (New York, NY, 2011 and 2012)

Genesis shares her abortion experiences, one medication abortion and one surgical abortion, as a college student in New York City.

(Published on August 19, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Amherst, MA)

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Diary Entry 41: Yael, 29 (Englewood, NJ, 2012)

Yael shares her experience with medication abortion.

(Published on August 12, 2014| Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Cambridge, MA)

 

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Diary Entry 40: Maryann Colella, 27 (Glover, VT 2011 and Barre, VT 2013)

Maryann share her experiences of obtaining two abortions, one surgical and one medication abortion.

(Published on August 12, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Cambridge, MA)

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Diary Entry 39: Serena Pérez, 45 (Quito, Ecuador 1989 and Sevilla, España 1992)

Serena comparte su experiencias con un aborto clandestino en Ecuador y otro aborto en España cuando era una inmigrante indocumentada. También nos cuenta sus experiencas con dos abortos espontáneos y de dar a luz a una de sus hijas.

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Serena shares her experiences of seeking a clandestine abortion in Ecuador and of obtaining an abortion in Spain as an undocumented immigrant. She also shares her experiences with two miscarriages and the birth of one of her daughters.

(Published on August 5, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Miami, FL)

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Diary Entry 38: Daisy, 30 (Olympia, WA 2006 and 2007)

Daisy shares her story of seeking two abortions as a college student in Washington.

(Published on August 5, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

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Diary Entry 37: Sondra Brooks, 85 1/2 (Bronx, NY late 1950s and Rockland County, NY mid 1970s)

Sondra shares her abortion stories; one in the 1950s, before abortion was legal in the United States, and another in the 1970s.

(Published on July 29, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New York, NY)

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Blast From The Past:

In honor of this new phase of our relationship and next phase in The Abortion Diary's work, I have gone back to the archives and pulled out our very first diary entry.  Samantha was the first person who shared her abortion story with me for the podcast. I met her at a workshop and when I mentioned the project four other women in the room said they had had abortions and offered to share their stories. I will never be able to express in words how I felt that day. I had felt alone for so long and there I was in a room of about ten people and half of us had had abortions.

A few weeks later, on a morning in late October, I met Samantha at her home. Her one year old son was sick and at home while we recorded.  You can hear him in the background talking, breathing heavily, banging on the table and playing with some toys.  She shared her story as she breastfed and soothed him to sleep. I learned a lot about sharing, listening and recording that day (and continue to learn with every story shared).  There were also a few mishaps I won't mention right now. The biggest lesson I learned that day was that the environment can never be controlled and it shouldn't be.

People have real lives.  Lives before and after. Lives that change and are re-created. I never know what someone's environment (apartment, house, office, backyard) is like until I show up to record their stories. I don't know who will or won't be there. I actually don't know very much about their lives at all before I get there. Sometimes you'll hear drilling next door, people conversing across the hall, police sirens, kids playing in the background, dogs barking or cats meow-ing (and sometimes they listen attentively) , a salsa band rehearsing in a garage down the street or maybe the wind distorts the audio. Sometimes moms are called away by their children or, as in Samantha's case, join in our sharing. Sometimes family members come home early or co-workers walk in.  It's all part of recording on the road and in unknown spaces. But what's special about it is that if you listen carefully, you too will get a deeply intimate glimpse into the lives of those who have shared their abortion stories with the podcast; lives apart from their abortion story.  And we are very lucky to be allowed into that life as well as their abortion experiences. Well, now I've gone and gotten all nostalgic and misty eyed.

Here is Samantha (and Baby J's) story:

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With Gratitude,

Melissa 

Founder | Curator | Dedicated Story-listener

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