One woman I spoke to broke down crying when I told her the nearest clinic was ten hours away. I informed her that there was another group who could help arrange travel, and yet another group that existed soley to provide lodgings. It didn’t matter. She couldn’t take that time off work. The call ended with her saying she would find another way. She didn’t mean she would go to a CPC and they would magically help her carry to term (cause they never do, the “help” stops the moment you are too far along for an abortion). She meant she was going to risk her life and her health. She was going to seek out a back-alley abortion, because legislators had systematically taken away all of the clinics she could have gone to in her area a few years ago. I keep hoping this woman calls us back.
The Abortion Fairy
This is an incredible and important post about abortion funds, restrictive legislation on abortion, and the harsh realities of living in the USA right now.
[NB: more people than just cis women want and need access to abortion care.]
This is how the woman who died wound up at Gosnell’s. There was no one near her that performed abortions, got too far along for the reputable guys, and wound up coming all the up to Philly from Maryland to see Gosnell. And then she died.
Had she had access to good, affordable reproductive care, she would still be alive. And Gosnell never would have had a practice.