This week, Echoing Ida’s Shanelle Matthews shared her abortion story with Cosmopolitan:
You can’t divorce my race from my experience. The doctor at the clinic had a nice bedside manner but did make a sort of racist comment — “Are you in school? You’re really articulate.” I had a family member who would remind me time and again that [getting pregnant] was the expectation in society for black teen girls. There’s a perception that black women are sexually promiscuous.