Storyteller: Lucy

Location: Dallas, Texas
Local abortion fund: Jane’s Due Process & Texas Equal Access Fund
Age: 19
Pronouns: She/Her

Ubicación: Dallas, Texas
Fondo de aborto local: Jane’s Due Process, Texas Equal Access Fund
Edad: 19
Pronombres: Ella/su

Lucy’s Abortion Story
I was frustrated when I went to a local Planned Parenthood to ask for access to birth control pills, but it was not a Title X clinic, so I couldn’t get them. When the condom broke, the pharmacist wouldn’t allow me to purchase Plan B even though it is supposed to be available over the counter. I had an abortion because I was not taken seriously by adults, and I did not have full control over my body as I should have had at 17.

Historia de Aborto de Lucy
Estaba frustrada cuando fui a un Planned Parenthood para solicitar acceso a pastillas anticonceptivas, pero como no era una clínica cubierta por el Título X entonces no pude obtenerlas. Cuando se rompió el condón, el farmaceuta no me permitió comprar el Plan B a pesar de que se supone que es de venta libre. Tuve un aborto porque les adultes no me tomaron en serio, y no tenía control sobre mi cuerpo como debía tenerlo con 17 años de edad.

Why are you excited to participate in We Testify Texas?
I am excited to participate in We Testify Texas because I previously participated in Youth Testify, and it was so amazing! I knew that this one would be great as well. Texas has very specific laws, and it was great to learn that a lot of us had shared experiences. I can’t wait to continue to share my story.

¿Por qué te emociona participar en We Testify Texas (Damos Testimonio Texas)?
Me emociona participar en We Testify Texas porque participé anteriormente en Youth Testify, ¡y fue tan increíble! Sabía que esta cohorte también sería genial. Texas tiene leyes muy específicas, y fue grandioso aprender que muches de nosotres teníamos experiencias comunes. No puedo esperar para continuar compartiendo mi historia.

Why are you sharing your story?
I am sharing my story because I want people to know that having an abortion is not embarrassing, and it does not dehumanize anyone. Having an abortion meant that I was able to continue my education without taking out more loans and having to devote my time to taking care of a baby. Giving birth should be a choice. I believe that going through nine months of pregnancy is extremely taxing on the body and on the mind and no one should be forced into that.

¿Por qué estás compartiendo tu historia?
Estoy compartiendo mi historia porque quiero que las personas sepan que tener un aborto no es vergonzoso, y no deshumaniza a nadie. Tener un aborto significó que pude continuar mi educación sin hacer más préstamos ni tener que dedicar mi tiempo a cuidar un bebé. Dar a luz debería ser opción. Creo que pasar por nueve meses de embarazo es extremadamente desgastante para el cuerpo y la mente y a nadie se le debería forzar a hacerlo.

How are you excited to organize your community to eradicate abortion stigma?
I am extremely excited to organize my community to eradicate abortion stigma! Many people in the south are misinformed about abortion. As a student, I also want to show my peers that abortion is a right and a decision they can make.

¿Cómo te emociona organizar a tu comunidad para erradicar el estigma del aborto?
¡Estoy extremadamente emocionada de organizar a mi comunidad para erradicar el estigma del aborto! Muchas personas en el Sur están desinformadas sobre el aborto. Como estudiante, también quiero mostrarle a mis compañeres que el aborto es un derecho y una decisión que pueden tomar.

What do you wish other people knew about seeking abortion?
People under the age of 18 in Texas face unique obstacles to getting an abortion, especially with the judicial bypass. People should also be on the lookout to avoid crisis pregnancy centers, or fake clinics. These fake clinics will do anything to prevent someone from having an abortion, and they are filled with unqualified personnel that consistently lie to people seeking care. We deserve accurate healthcare information.

¿Qué quisieras que otras personas supieran acerca de buscar un aborto?
La gente menor de 18 años en Texas enfrenta obstáculos únicos para practicarse un aborto, especialmente con el requerimiento de una autorización judicial. Las personas también deberían estar atentas para evitar los centros de crisis de embarazo, o clínicas falsas. Estas clínicas falsas hacen lo que sea para evitar que una persona tenga un aborto y están llenas de personal no calificado que les miente consistentemente a las personas que buscan servicios. Merecemos información acertada sobre la atención en salud.

What is something you want others in Texas having abortions to know?
I want minors needing an abortion in Texas to know that it will be difficult, especially if they need a judicial bypass, but that there are great resources available, like Jane’s Due Process! Jane’s Due Process will help by providing legal services and other support to help navigate the process. There are also several abortion funds in Texas that will help you pay for your procedure, even if you are not a minor. I also want people having abortions in Texas to know that there are hundreds of fake clinics across the state that will tell you lies and give you false information.

¿Hay algo que quieres que otras personas que tienen abortos en Texas sepan?
Quiero que les menores de edad que necesitan un aborto en Texas sepan que será difícil, especialmente si necesitan una autorización judicial, ¡pero hay recursos grandiosos disponibles, como Jane’s Due Process! Jane’s Due Process ayudará proporcionando servicios legales y otros apoyos para ayudar a guiarte en el proceso. También hay varios fondos de aborto en Texas que te ayudarán a pagar por el procedimiento, aun si no eres menor de edad. También quiero que la gente que está teniendo abortos en Texas sepa que hay cientos de clínicas falsas en todo el estado que te van a decir mentiras y darte información falsa.


YOUTH TESTIFY

Location: Dallas, Texas
Age: 18

Why are you excited to participate in Youth Testify?

I am excited to join Youth Testify because it is an outlet where I can share my abortion experience and meet other people like me. I want to help people by sharing my story, and have people empathize with our abortion stories. Youth Testify is a community!

What would you like to share about your abortion story?

When I found out I was pregnant, I was devastated because I knew I was not going to be able to continue my education if I told my family. I had a lot of exams and tests while I was pregnant, and I became sick so I missed a lot of school. Some of my teachers were nice and tried to help, but another teacher kept pulling me out of class and I felt judged. Because I was a minor, I had to go through the judicial bypass process, which was long, but thanks to Jane’s Due Process, I did it. People tried to tell me what to do, but in the end I was able to make my own decision.

How are you excited to organize your community to eradicate abortion stigma?

I am now a freshman in university, and I am excited to organize my classmates and campus. I think campus activism will be fun and a learning experience. I also am volunteering to support other young people as they go through the judicial bypass process, so they feel less alone.

What do you wish other young people knew about seeking abortion?

I wish all young people knew that abortion is our right and that no one should tell us how we should feel about our own bodies. Like many young people, it was hard from me to get birth control under the age of 18, and we aren’t taught about sex since many schools teach abstinence-only sex-ed. I was surprised to find out how expensive abortions are, especially for young people who don’t have jobs, and how hard it was to get an abortion during school hours because of our strict attendance policies.

Why are you sharing your abortion story?

I am sharing my abortion story because I want young people who are trying to have an abortion to know to never give up. It took so much effort for me, but in the end, I have never been happier with my decision. I am happy with myself and I have hope for my future.

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