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Storyteller: MJ Flores
Location: Washington, DC
Bio: Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Flores is multiracial Latina and Middle Eastern. Flores left her hometown to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in neurobiology at Harvard University and a Masters in public policy and economics at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. Flores has dedicated her professional life to social impact – conducting rigorous evaluations of health and education projects in rural Kenya, establishing evaluation capacity building programs in East Africa and South Asia, and providing guidance on health care policy in the United States. Currently, she is a strategy consultant working on health, economics, and gender issues with governments, NGOs, and private corporations in the U.S. and abroad.
Abortion Story Summary: The condom broke. The morning after pill didn’t work. And I was in Kenya, where abortion is largely illegal. Thankfully, I already had a flight back to the U.S. where I could, almost fully, exercise my choice. I tell my story to show people how anti-choice policies negatively affect women. I tell my story because I never thought I would have an abortion, until that singular moment when I read the pregnancy test.