Storyteller: Sam Romero

Location: El Paso, Texas
Local abortion fund: West Fund
Age: 30
Pronouns: She/Her

Nombre: Sam Romero
Ubicación: El Paso, Texas
Fondo de Aborto Local: West Fund
Edad: 30
Pronombres: Ella/su

Sam Romero’s Abortion Story
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.

Historia de Aborto de Sam Romero
Cuando descubrí que estaba embarazada, me había graduado recientemente de la universidad, y sabía que no estaba en una situación financiera o emocional para tener un hije. Tenía tanta vergüenza de mi situación, le escondí mi experiencia a mi mamá y a mi hermana. Por lo tanto, entendí que si verdaderamente apoyaba mi propia decisión, y creía en mi propia autonomía, entonces el compartir mi historia de aborto con otres valía cualquier cantidad de juzgamientos que la gente tuviera que ofrecerme. Espero que al hacerlo, pueda ayudar a minimizar la vergüenza y el estigma que rodea a los abortos, un procedimiento médico común.

Why are you excited to participate in We Testify Texas?
I am excited to once again participate in We Testify Texas to continue sharing my abortion story and support storytellers who are starting their storytelling journey. I’ve been sharing my abortion story for a few years now—I was in the first We Testify cohort—and now I’m thinking about how I can be there for others.

¿Por qué te emociona participar en We Testify Texas (Damos Testimonio Texas)?
Me emociona participar de nuevo en We Testify Texas para continuar compartiendo mi historia de aborto y apoyar a narradores de historias que están empezando el camino de contar sus historias. He estado compartiendo mi historia de aborto por unos cuantos años ya –estuve en la primera cohorte de We Testify –y ahora estoy pensando en cómo puedo estar presente para otres.

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Location: El Paso, Texas
Bio: Sam 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.

Stories by Sam Romero