GEORGIA’S 6-WEEK ABORTION BAN IN EFFECT. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant and need an abortion, seek care immediately. We are still providing abortion care up to the legal limit. Read what the 6-week ban means for you.
In 2021, Feminist Women’s Health Center received a grant from the Women’s Foundation California to shift culture and perspectives on abortion access. With that funding, we were able to develop FWHC’s Abortion Storytelling Project, where we provided trainings & compensated opportunities for activists to develop storytelling skills around their abortion experiences. Check out the stories below, which were all developed by abortion storytellers across Atlanta, Georgia.
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I found out that I was pregnant in an employee bathroom of an H&M clothing store on the second floor of our local mall.
I’d purchased the test from a Walgreens nearby on my way to work, and walked into my part-time retail job that morning with the box bouncing around in my bag. I stood at the sink in the bathroom for a very long time after the positive result appeared, staring at myself in the mirror. I touched my stomach. I never cried. A few long moments later, I walked onto the sales floor and began unloading a shipment of neon-colored dresses.
Content warning for mentions of sexual assault
Hi. I’m Cazembe Jackson. I am a Black, Southern, nonbinary Trans Man. In the spring of 2001, I was raped by four men. I was queer and presenting in a very trans masculine way. That rape produced an unwanted pregnancy. I dropped out of school and went home. My mother wasn’t very supportive about the rape. She made it seem as if it was my fault because I was queer.
I found out I was pregnant with my second child when I was 21 years old. While going through the pregnancy process with my first child in August of 2020, I developed some health problems, leaving me to have a high-risk pregnancy. Through all the pain, doctor visits, sleepless nights, I delivered a healthy baby girl. In January 2021 the next year I found out I was pregnant again and this time not planned or anything considering the high-risk pregnancy I had just experienced.
Everyone’s decision to have an abortion is entirely unique and, more often than not, personal history is ingrained in that decision. In this interview below, a member of FWHC sat down with an abortion storyteller (who we’ll call KS), who speaks to the myriad of emotions she endured on her journey. She gives us a substantial and vulnerable view into her experience receiving an abortion, as well as how she managed her family’s opinion on abortion with her own.
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