In February, I had an abortion.
I was in college in Florida when I realized I was pregnant, and soon after, returned home to Honduras for the summer, where abortion is illegal. A few months later, I transferred schools to Texas, where abortion is legal, but because of a sweeping anti-abortion bill known as House Bill 2, most of the clinics had been shut down. I ended up going to a crisis pregnancy center for a free pregnancy test where they told me it was too late to get an abortion because of the law.
I cried. I knew I should be able to get an abortion and finally found a clinic that could help me, but my abortion would cost $12,000. I didn’t even have a dollar in my pocket.
I felt scared. I searched online for abortion funds and called a lot of them. I didn’t know what they were going to tell me but once they started helping me, I knew they would be there to support me.
The West Fund, an abortion fund in El Paso, Texas, teamed up with other Texas-based funds Lilith Fund, TEA Fund, and the National Network of Abortion Funds. Some pitched in $1,000, $2,000, $500. They helped me raise $9,000, a plane ticket to New Mexico, and a hotel so I could get my abortion.
Now, less than a year later, I am sharing my story.
I am sharing my story with the National Network of Abortion Funds’ new program We Testify. As soon as I went to our first We Testify retreat, I knew I was in a family. I don’t know many people in the United States, and I got to tell my story to a group of people who had the same experience.
I want to share my story because I want people to know that there’s funding out there and that there are clinics that can help you. And that the law is not going to decide for you.