Alli, Photographed by Hadley Green

“I think about how my life has a night shift nurse would be vastly different if I had not had my abortions. I would be struggling to find child care at night and really would not be able to be the nurse that I am today. I worked very hard to get to where I am and I think about my journey often, especially when I put my work scrubs on. I am proud of the choices I’ve made and that includes choosing to not have children yet.

Both of parents have passed away and their spirits are a huge presence in my life, especially my mother’s. I know that they are both so proud of me and my journey. My abortion experience makes me feel connected to other individuals who have had abortions as well. This connection is why I choose to share my abortion story.”

Hadley Green is a photojournalist and filmmaker focused on documenting social issues, local politics, and youth culture from her home state of Massachusetts. She currently works as a staff photographer at The Salem News. Her freelance clients include The New York Times, The Atlantic, Global Post, Oxfam America, and local nonprofit organizations. Her photography and multimedia work has been recognized by the Boston Press Photographers Association, the Northern Short Course in Photojournalism Contest, and the national CNHI journalism contest. She graduated from Tufts University in 2015 with a degree in International Relations and Media Studies. Prior to joining The Salem News, Hadley worked for WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, and interned for The GroundTruth Project, Somerville Neighborhood News, and The Cape Times in South Africa.