My abortion cost $12,000

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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 FundTEA 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.

With love,
Sharon