I called the university health services from the Walmart parking lot and said I wanted the abortion pill, and the woman said, “The abortion pill is illegal in the United States.” I was livid. I said, “That is not correct.” How many young women has she told that to? I went directly to the doctor. The lady administering the pee test said, “Congratulations, you’re pregnant!” and I thought, Congratulations, you’re an idiot! I was in my gym clothes, obviously distraught. The doctor said the abortion pill wasn’t an option in our state. I called clinics all over until I found one a four-hour drive away in Tennessee. I couldn’t have told my family. The two girls I told have kids and husbands; they couldn’t just drop everything and come with me. I drove four hours by myself, thinking about what an idiot I was for stopping birth control. I took the first pill in Tennessee. I took the second one the next day, on the Fourth of July, my favorite holiday. I was expecting something terrible. I watched movies alone. I felt fine and could’ve even gone out, but I’d made up stories about where I was. Lynn, 28, My Abortion: One in three women has an abortion by the age of 45. How many ever talk about it? New laws, old stigmas. 26 stories.
THIS BILL WILL KILL WOMEN*! And republicans in the Texas legislature don’t care.
I just don’t want that choice to be a knitting needle, I don’t want that choice to be a feather. I don’t want that choice to be a bottle of turpentine. And I don’t want that choice to be a coat hanger. Texas state Representative Senfronia Thompson
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