Eleven years ago I joined the fight for abortion access, after a 14-year-old parent, pregnant again by an adult, told me it was cheaper to pay friends $10 each to beat her up and force miscarriage than it was to afford an abortion. She said she would lose her housing if she was pregnant again, and that it would be easier to explain getting beat up to her family than wanting an abortion.
This young woman’s journey opened my eyes to the myriad ways abortion access affects our survival.
Abortion invokes many emotions and feelings, especially for those of us who have had them. It is undeniable, however, that the economics of accessing abortion exacerbates an already challenging situation for those seeking the service. This is why economic injustice must be central to the conversation.