What's it really like to have an abortion?

What is it really like to have an abortion? 26 women share their stories in a rare and revealing collection. (iStock)

What is it really like to have an abortion? 26 women share their stories in a rare and revealing collection. (iStock)

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Few public debates are as notoriously polarized as the one surrounding abortion. But as pro-choice and anti-abortion activists battle to be heard, one writer sought out women who have largely kept silent.

In a rare and revealing collection of stories, titled My Abortion, Meaghan Winter spoke to 26 women who have undergone the procedure. (Notably, that's the same number of U.S. states that have passed legislation restricting abortion in the last two years.)

Winter's feature story, which captured emotions ranging from regret to relief, recently made the cover of New York Magazine.


The writer speaks to Jian about the gap between the number of women who have had abortions -- nearly one in three by the age of 45, according to the U.S. statistics she cites -- and the number who speak openly about it. As laws continue to change, why have old taboos about discussing the procedure and its aftermath largely stayed the same?

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