Low-income families, people of color, and youth are disproportionately affected by the decision not to expand Medicaid.
The stats say that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion before the age of 45, but due to silence and stigma, they often don’t feel safe to talk about their abortion publicly.
We’ve allowed our fear and the stigma associated with illness and poverty to silence our stories, and that silence is literally killing us.
Whether trying to get a basic doctor’s visit, mental health services, or HIV/AIDS related care, Black trans* people have an uphill and often dangerous battle.
It’s an ongoing problem, but what do we do about it?
What exactly does a “good ally” look like?
Many people don’t know that almost half of the counties in California don’t have an accessible abortion provider, and 22 percent of counties don’t have a provider at all.
“Do you have insurance?” the nurse asked me as I checked in for my abortion.
Abortions were something I knew other people had—a right I supported, but I stayed out of the conversation in case someone would find me out.
Two stories really struck me, the first an allegory about rape and the shame forced upon survivors.