What It Really Takes: Your Stories of Abortion Access

June 14, 2011

I had to think about ALL of these things on the list. I rode a bus, didn’t have insurance or that much cash, didn’t want my up right right wing roommate to find out, didn’t have a cell phone that worked outside of it being plugged in the wall. If I would have had to go my ex couldn’t really go with me as he worked and I barely started at the job I had. I had to look up that information on someone else’s computer being careful to delete the cookies…it was just easier that way and on top of that I was a rape victim like 5 months before all of that. My period was late 2 months…it was the stress of moving and knowing I was in a situation I regretted and having to stay in it.

We’re heartened and inspired by the way our infographic, “What It Really Takes To Get An Abortion,” has led to so many of you sharing your own perspectives on abortion access on your blogs, on Twitter, and Facebook. Your stories make it easy to see how we all have a stake in reproductive justice. Here’s just a few:


GOP, doesn’t it say something that no matter how difficult and expensive you make it, people are still getting abortions?


anti-choice lines up the hoops for you to jump through in the hopes that the clock will run out and you will become unable to have an abortion. Any one of these things could be considered reasonable by themselves, but all of them together will be difficult for many people. On top of this add the mandatory waiting periods, the enforced visit to a Crisis Pregnancy Center to be preached at, and whatever else they come up with next. It’s basically harassment, every bit as much as the protesters lined up outside every clinic.


This is abhorrent and ridiculous. When every single person is truly the owner of his/her/their own body, America, you give me a call.

Some folks also added more information worth sharing widely:


add to this:

  • Counseling and/or receiving state mandated information (varies from state-to-state).
  • Somebody to take care of children (if the patient has them) because they are not allowed in many clinics.
  • A driver to take the patient home after any procedure with sedation and/or narcotics


For reference, an ultrasound at 19 weeks was $900+ for me. It was for a wanted pregnancy, and it was done in a hospital, but even simple medical procedures are expensive. So yeah, a sonogram can be a huge barrier if it’s state-required— those few hundred dollars can double (or more) the cost of an abortion.

Do you have a story about abortion access in your own life? We’d love to share it here.

  • On Twitter and Tumblr, you can tag it #whatitreallytakes.
  • Or, tag Third Wave Foundation in your post on Facebook.

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