Despair and Contempt: What it’s like to seek an abortion
By Paula Penfold
Apr 6, 2019
It’s such a ridiculously innocuous, unobtrusive looking thing, this piece of plastic with a felt-like tip. Years later when you want them, those two blue lines will make you smile.
But this is not then. This is too soon. Too terrifying.
I’m 21, fresh out of journalism school, starting my first job - a junior reporter in a radio newsroom in a small New Zealand town, still wearing my university op-shop clothes, earning less than $20,000 a year but eager, excited for what my career might hold.