Personal Stories

 
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1. Why are you pro-choice, pro-sex, pro-life, pro-reproductive and sexual freedom? Did you or a friend face an unplanned pregnancy? Have you had a powerful experience related to reproduction or sexuality? Have you or someone you know ever been unable to get contraception? Do you want to share what it was like to come out to family and friends? Tell us your story.

Sharing your story is a powerful way to speak out for reproductive and sexual justice. Your story can also bring about real change. It can inspire another person to speak out, and through such small actions big change is accomplished.

Use the form below to write your story. We hope to raise awareness about the issues above (and many more) by posting your story (with many others) around the many Boston Graduate School Campuses. We'll only include your school and year of graduation when we post.
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2. What is your school and program?
3. What year will you graduate?
Below are some submitted stories, in case you are having trouble thinking about the type of story you'd like to share.

About five years ago, my boyfriend and I got pregnant unintentionally. We didn't find out till I was three months in, and I wasn't totally comfortable with the idea of abortion. So, I decided to keep the baby. Now, I have a beautiful daughter who I love with all my heart, and I wouldn't change that for the world. A few months ago, I found out I was pregnant again. As much as I love my daughter, I know how much time, effort, and money it takes to raise her the right way. Right now, I just don't have enough of any of these resources to raise another child. Having another baby wouldn't be the right thing to do for my daughter. For me, the choice was easy, and I had an abortion. When we're ready, we'll have another baby (so my daughter can have a sibling!). But, for right now, one child is enough.
--Cambridge community, 26

When my girlfriend’s period was late, we talked about what she should do. However, when it came down to it, the decision was out of my hands. I could talk with her about what I thought was right for us, but in the end, it was as it should be, and the decision was hers to make. I’m pro-choice because I understand what it feels like to not have a say in a decision that will drastically alter my life, and want to make sure that as many people as possible are able to make that decision for themselves, whatever that decision turns out to be.
-- Tufts Med School, '14

Once a guy I had just started dating convinced me to have sex without a condom. Even though I was on birth control, I knew I was taking a chance because I didn't take it at the same time every day. The next morning I panicked and got Plan B. I was annoyed with myself and with him that I had been talked into doing something I wasn't totally comfortable with, and I was really glad student health insurance covered the morning after pill.
-- Harvard Law School '12

A college friend of mine came back from South America with 20 packs of emergency contraception in his suitcase; the instructions were completely in Spanish. Throughout the course of the year he dispensed it to his friends in need, both men and women. I think it is appalling that he needed to provide this service, almost definitely illegally, because the local pharmacist refused to, almost definitely legally.
-- Tufts Med School, '14
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