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Storyteller: Nick Lloyd
Location: Houston, Texas
Local abortion fund: Clinic Access Support Network
Nick Scott’s Abortion Story
Seeking an abortion in Texas as a trans person was a terrifying and alienating experience. I knew all of the talking points about how trans people get pregnant and have abortions, but I still found it so hard to advocate for myself to medical providers. I felt vulnerable on multiple levels: I had to walk past screaming protestors trying to intimidate me, and I was afraid of facing judgment and stigma from the clinic employees as well. The clinic employees were very respectful of my name and pronouns, and they did their best to make the process as comfortable as possible. I was fortunate to have my abortion in a supportive and gender affirming environment, and I am sharing my story in the hopes that I can help create more spaces like that.
Why are you excited to participate in We Testify Texas?
I’m excited to be part of a program that is uplifting the abortion stories of people of color, LGBTQ people, young people, and people who faced barriers to abortion access. I’m grateful to have a platform to share my story about getting an abortion as a trans person. Listening to other people talk about their abortions empowered me to take ownership of my story. I hope to help others in the same way.
Why are you sharing your story?
When I got my abortion, I felt like I was the only trans person to ever get an abortion, but several other trans people told me about their abortions when I started talking about mine. I’m sharing my experience publicly because I don’t want any trans people seeking abortions to feel alone like I felt. I also want to challenge the belief that pregnancy and abortion only happen to women. My experience with abortion doesn’t invalidate my gender. My body is still mine, and I get to choose how to define it.
How are you excited to organize your community to eradicate abortion stigma?
It’s important to me to create space for transgender people in conversations about abortion. More and more abortion access organizations and spaces are using gender neutral language when discussing abortion. This is awesome, but I’m ready to take the conversation further. Where do we need to invest resources to make sure that trans people are able to access abortion? How can we provide gender affirming abortion care? I look forward to exploring these questions and more within trans communities and the abortion access movement.
What do you wish other people knew about seeking abortion?
Texas is a huge state, and most of the abortion clinics are concentrated in large cities. Currently, people in Texas need to make two separate trips 24 hours apart to get an abortion. This makes it logistically challenging to get an abortion. You need more money and more flexibility in your schedule to make it work.
I want people seeking abortion to know that there are people out here who want to help you. There are several abortion funds that help provide money toward your abortion and other practical support. I work with Clinic Access Support Network, and we’ve made trips of hundreds of miles to get people to their abortions.
What is something you want others in Texas having abortions to know?
There are abortion funds like Clinic Access Support Network that can help you with logistics. I had no idea that these funds existed. It’s important that people know these resources are available to them.