Jennifer

The issues women face around abortion are are multi-layered and very complex. The stigma surrounding the choice of abortion creates barriers that make it difficult for women to access abortion services. Although abortion is legal in Canada services vary province to province, making it extremely complicated to navigate the system in an efficient and dignified manner. Women are forced to carry the weight of this decision with little support, and depending on what government is in power, choice seems to be ever threatened. We need to create a society where women’s choices are supported and celebrated, not undermined and judged.

I think it’s important to be open about it. I think people are very drawn to photography, as it’s a medium that can be extremely personal because you can look people in the eye through the photo. I wanted to be part of this project because I think it’s so important for people to see that choosing abortion comes from a place of compassion and that it could be anyone making the choice.

I had just turned 28 and was with my boyfriend (who is my husband now). We had been together for 4 years at the time and we just weren’t ready at that point in our lives. We talked about it a lot and having an abortion was the right choice for me and for us, it was pretty clear for us. We were both working, but I had made the decision to go back to school. It wasn’t the right time, I was extremely sick and it just didn’t feel right. I am grateful for the choice the I made.

I had my abortion at a clinic. I had the most amazing support from my boyfriend and a few dear friendsbefore and after the abortion. It was extremely helpful to have their support and know that I could talk openly about what I was going through. I had a brief counselling session before my procedure which I found extremely helpful and from there I found it relatively easy to move forward with my life. By participating in this project I hope that I can help others see that abortion is a deeply personal choice and to keep the conversation going.

I felt really proud to have my photograph taken and feel like it’s brought my journey full circle.

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