Storyteller: Anise Simon

Location: Durham, North Carolina
Bio: Anise Simon lives in Durham, NC. Anise is enrolled in night classes for Electrical Systems Technology at her local community college and works as the Southern Funds Coordinator at the National Network of Abortion Funds, where she provides support to grassroots abortion funds in the South. She is also the Treasurer of the Carolina Abortion Fund, where she joined as a helpline volunteer in 2012 and became a board member in 2013. Anise loves NC hip hop, pimiento cheese, safe spaces, and adventures.
Abortion Story Summary: My abortion story is a little different every time I tell it because it’s not just a story about my abortion. It’s a story about escaping a physically and financially abusive relationship and finding my inner strength. Every time I reach a personal milestone—visiting a new country, buying a laptop, changing jobs, learning something new—I feel like I owe so much gratitude to the fact that I am strong and fierce and not tied to this man for 18 years. I think that’s an abortion story worth telling.

Anise Simon

Stories by Anise Simon

Anise Simon’s Abortion Story

My abortion story is a little different every time I tell it because it’s not just a story about my abortion. It’s a story about escaping a physically and financially abusive relationship and finding my inner strength. It’s a story about staying with someone who disrespected me because women in my community counseled me to … Continue reading