Shanelle Matthews in Cosmopolitan

March 8, 2016

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.


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