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Benny, Photographed by Sumaat Khan

My abortion wasn’t a magical key that set me free from the abusive relationship – It would take me one more year. However, my abortion was my first taste at freedom – it was the first time I held my head up and looked him right in the eye, confronting him. I chose freedom.



I wasn't sure about sharing my story, but now I feel like I have no choice. Just like all women in Missouri are about to have no choice.

When I was 16, I was told by a doctor that I would never get pregnant. When I was 23 years old, I had left college with no degree, bummed around a few communes with disastrous results, and was back at home trying to make sense out of my life.


I cannot say that I am like most of the women on here. I deeply regret my abortion. In the prior 10 years, I would've told people differently.

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