Xandi, Photographed by Kait Mauro

“I was in an abusive relationship when I found out I was pregnant. A protester on the sidewalk tried to take my picture, but a clinic volunteer shielded me with an umbrella. A photo of me walking into an abortion clinic could have put my life in danger. I am so grateful for the clinic volunteers who kept me safe and defended my right to privacy that day.

When I finally ended that relationship, my abuser became violent. He attacked me, busting my lip and spraining my wrist. I tried to press charges, but I couldn’t prove my injuries came from him.

I changed my full name after that. I went back to school and got my master’s degree, and now I work to improve access to healthcare for people in rural areas. I have never regretted my abortion. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.  I was able to choose to start my family now with the right person, and that would not have been possible if I had not had access to abortion when I needed it. My abortion was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I strongly believe in everyone’s right to make that choice.”

Kait Mauro is a 20-something artist currently living and working in Montgomery, AL. She is from Pittsburgh, PA & Saint Louis, MO. Though primarily a photographer, she also dabbles in other mediums including collage, painting, floral arranging & creative writing. Her work can be found on www.kaitmauro.com.