Storyteller: Rana Barar

Location: San Francisco, CA
Bio: Rana E. Barar is a public health professional, a mom, and an avid traveler. Intending to become a spy like her grandfather, Rana took a wrong turn 16 years ago and fell into public health. She is the Project Director at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) at the University of California, San Francisco. She oversees several research studies, including the landmark Turnaway Study which is looking at the effects of abortion and its alternative – carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term – on women’s lives. In her private life, she is raising a teen and a pre-teen with as much patience and compassion as she can muster, which sometimes isn’t very much!
Abortion Story Summary: I found out I was pregnant a few months after my 40th birthday and a month before my husband was scheduled to have a vasectomy. On paper, we had the resources to care for another child, but in reality, we knew that it would wreak havoc in our lives, and, more importantly, in the lives of our children. I also knew that, while I would surely learn to love the child, I would always resent it. I feel compelled to tell my story more broadly so that all the women for whom it is impossible to share their own stories can feel less alone.

Stories by Rana Barar

Rana Barar’s Abortion Story

“Like two-thirds of women who have abortions, I am a mom, and like 30% of women seeking abortion, my kids were a big part of my decision not to have another child. I knew that bringing a baby into our family would draw resources, attention, and even love away from them. So I prioritized my existing family, my first loves…” Continue reading