Storyteller: Ashley Chanel

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Local Fund: Preterm

I had my abortion on April 15, 2016. It was an unplanned pregnancy with someone I didn’t see myself with for a  long-term relationship. At the time, I had began working on a pro-choice coalition project and felt lucky to use my degree in a work environment that was both exciting and supportive. I had accomplished a few significant milestones (obtaining my masters, traveling out of the country, moving into my own place) however, getting an abortion felt like my first adult decision, and my first parenting decision. The unplanned pregnancy gave me the opportunity to really think about the path I wanted my life to take, and the life I want to give my future children. I am grateful for my abortion because it was my moment of clarity.

Stories by Ashley Chanel