I was 22, about to graduate from college with a 4.0 GPA and an acceptance letter into my top choice for graduate school when I found out that I was pregnant. Immediately, I knew I wanted an abortion. I remember being so frustrated that I needed to make two appointments because I couldn’t have the procedure the same day due to the Ohio’s mandatory delay requirement. The day that I walked into Planned Parenthood for my appointment, four white men were standing outside shouting at me. Even my boyfriend called me selfish and tried to talk me out of making the decision every chance he had. Luckily, I had a gang of friends who were on my side. People who had abortions were there to assure me that everything was going to be okay—and it was. When I walked out of the health center after having my abortion, for the first time in my life, I felt like I had power.
Now, as the president of the DC Abortion Fund (DCAF), I work with another gang of friends, over 500 volunteers and 75 case managers, to make sure everyone in the Washington, DC area is able to have the compassion and funding to receive the abortion care they need. I know what it’s like to face unsupportive loved ones and strangers when having an abortion, and at DCAF we hope to be an unconditional loving ear on the other end of a hotline. As an abortion storyteller with We Testify, I want to share my story to assure others that they will be okay, that their decision is valid, and that they are loved, no matter what the clinic protesters say. Together, we can build a community where everyone seeking an abortion is respected, valued, and feels a whole lot of love.