Storyteller: Samantha Romero

Location: El Paso, Texas
Bio: Samantha Romero was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Global Studies with a focus in Human Rights at Randolph College (founded as Randolph Macon Women’s College in 1891) in Lynchburg, Virginia. After graduating, she taught English abroad for six months, and volunteered at a non-profit that helped immigrants in Istanbul, Turkey. Upon returning to the U.S., she worked as a Field Organizer to promote civic engagement in her home state, stationed out of East Texas. Now, back in El Paso, she works as the Office Administrator for Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez. She remains active in the community and volunteers with different groups to promote LGBTQ and reproductive rights. She is also pursuing her Master’s in Sociology.
Abortion Story Summary: When I discovered I was pregnant, I had recently graduated from college, and I knew I was not in a financial or emotional state to have a child. I was so ashamed of my situation, I hid my experience from my mother and my sister. Consequently, I understood that if I truly supported my own decision, and believed in my own autonomy, then sharing my abortion story with others was worth any amount of judgement people had to offer. I hope that in doing so, I can help minimize the shame and stigma surrounding abortions, a common medical procedure.

Stories by Samantha Romero