Abortion happens every day. It has been estimated that 42 million people worldwide have an abortion each year. But the majority of those people will never talk about their abortion experience. What If millions of people broke their silence and told the truth about their lives and their choices?
These are our abortion stories.
Abortion Diary Entry 167: Leah Coplon, MPH, RN
"We care so much about our communities and the folks we serve." In this episode, Leah Coplon talks about her path to becoming an abortion care provider, how abortion fits into the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health care, what it's really like in the clinic, and what it means to connect with other independent abortion care providers. This episode was made in collaboration with Abortion Care Network (ACN) and was recorded at their 2019 annual conference. ACN is a nonprofit membership organization for independent abortion clinics. Independent clinics — like Maine Family Planning, where Leah Coplon works — provide the majority of abortion care in the U.S. ACN provides the staff of those clinics with support, training, and resources. Leah Coplon MPH, RN is the Program Director at Maine Family Planning, overseeing abortion care and strategizing for innovative ways of reaching rural patients to increase access to abortion, contraception, and transgender health services. Leah worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at the University of New England. She has practiced full-scope midwifery, worked as a labor and delivery nurse, and has been in the field of reproductive health for over 25 years. Leah received a BA in sociology/anthropology from Carleton College and her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she holds a Master of Science from Philadelphia University and a Master of Public Health from the University of New England and is board certified as a Nurse Midwife with the American College of Nurse Midwives.
Abortion Diary Entry 166: Dr. Nikia Grayson
“I want to fill that gap in our community.” In this episode, Dr. Nikia Grayson talks about her path to becoming a nurse-midwife, commitment to full spectrum reproductive heath care, and the importance of working in and with her community in Memphis, TN. This episode was made in collaboration with the Abortion Care Network (ACN) and was recorded at their 2019 annual conference. ACN is a national association for independent community-based, abortion clinics. Independent clinics like CHOICES, where Nikia Grayson is a nurse-midwife, care for the majority of people seeking abortion in the U.S. ACN provides the staff of those clinics with support, training, and resources. Nikia Grayson is a staff nurse-midwife at CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health. She has a deep commitment to providing compassionate, supportive, evidence-based holistic midwifery care to families in Memphis and continuing her career-long work in reproductive health, reproductive justice and birth justice. Nikia’s goal is to give her patients all the options available to them and empower them in their ability to make medical decisions for themselves and their families. (Published on May 6, 2019)
Abortion Diary Entry 165: C.G.C., 20 (Manchester, England 2012)
“We still have to go overseas to make sure we can get our bodies back.” C.G.C. shares her story of traveling from Galway, Ireland to Manchester, England for an abortion when she was 16 years old. . It is estimated that every day an average of 10 women travel from Ireland to Britain for an abortion. On May 25th, voters in Ireland will vote on repealing its constitutional ban on abortion (the Eighth Amendment). (Published on May 10, 2018 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Galway, Ireland) We share stories. Help us continue to break the silence by donating now.
Abortion Diary Entry 164: Sue P., 72 (South Orange, NJ 1965 )
“I know I did the right thing.” Sue shares her story of seeking an illegal abortion in 1965, 8 years before that landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, which guarantees the right to safe and legal abortion in the United States. She also talks about her experiences in the Women’s Movement, founding a women’s theatre troupe (It’s All Right To Be Woman Theatre), and directing a documentary about , a progressive Republican NY Assemblywoman who wrote the legislation that decriminalized abortion in New York State in 1970. (Published on January 24, 2018 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Ithaca, NY) We share stories. Help us continue to break the silence by donating now. The Help us continue our work and share our abortion stories by donating now (bit.ly/292LsxI) or become our patron on Patreon (www.patreon.com/THEABORTIONDIARY).
Abortion Diary Entry 163: Hunt, 33 (Bossier City, LA 2015)
"I don't really know how to deal with this. I don't think anyone really does because no one ever talks about it." Hunt shares her experience seeking an abortion in Louisiana. She talks about being lied to at a Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC), driving several hours to one of the few remaining abortion clinics in Louisiana, and the lack of affordable medical care in her community. She also shares her experience talking to some of her friends and family about her decision to get an abortion. (Published on November 17, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Lafayette, LA) The Abortion Diary is free, but it takes money to keep it that way. Help us continue our work and share our abortion stories by donating now () or become our patron on Patreon ().
Abortion Diary Entry 162: Christina F., 35 (Birmingham, AL 2013)
"I wish mothers told daughters." Christina, a single mother, shares her story of seeking an abortion in Alabama. (Published on October 2, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Tuscaloosa, AL) The Abortion Diary is free, but it takes money to keep it that way. Help us continue our work and share our abortion stories by donating now () or become our patron on Patreon ().
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I would’ve given it five stars, but...
The sound quality isn’t very good. I’m glad I can listen to the stories, though.
Good I’m glad you went thru that much pain. Images how your starving baby felt as it slowly died and was then forced from your womb. You’re a murder!! Stop talking about how horrible it was for you. Images how that beautiful baby felt as his mommy killed him. I HOPE YOU FIND GOD BECAUSE YOU NEED TO HAVE A SAVIOR TO FORGIVE YOU FOR THIS HORRIBLE SIN OF MURDER. I will be praying for you and all the others in this Abortion podcast.
For those who don’t know
I’ve listen to a few of these and I’ve seen the reviews against girls who have unfortunately experienced the pain of what a decision like that brings you. It brings you regret and anger and distrust and makes you feel as if you don’t know yourself. I made this decision and 4 months later I am still very deeply broken by a decision I should have been more careful with but still learning that it was MY decision. Don’t shame those for this decision. You are you you are not us you are not these woman so you do not know. Powerful podcast thank you ladies for this.