Story No. 564: Stephanie from Massachusetts

On May 26, 2018, Ireland repealed the amendment that forbid abortion in almost every circumstance. After 13 years, my abortion rarely crosses my mind because it was a non-event; I’ve had pub lunches more traumatic.

But on May 26, I was hoping that the man I had slept with, just the once, on that fateful night was voting YES, because he left the day after we slept together, to go homeā€”to Ireland.

If the night had happened in reverse, if I had lived in Ireland and not Massachusetts, our lives would be infinitely different. My right to my body is sacred, and on May 26, 2018, I was reminded of how important that was.