Storyteller: Sally Alves

Location: Boston, MA

Local Fund: National Network of Abortion Funds

I was 24 years old in June 2010 when I discovered I was six weeks pregnant. Just six months prior I was hospitalized for suicidal ideation and a substance abuse problem. At six weeks along, I was still grappling with my mental illness and sobriety. I knew undoubtedly that I wanted an abortion because growing my family at this time would have been detrimental to my mental and emotional health. I made the choice to actively save my life post-hospitalization, and having an abortion allowed me to do exactly this.

Stories by Sally Alves