Abortion Story: 193: “What I thought was an abortion clinic”

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following story comes from Cherisse of Illinois. Below, she talks about the deception and bias she experienced at a fake clinic the first time she sought abortion care. Her story was originally published in New York Magazine.

Note: In late July, Expose Fake Clinics was launched as a national campaign created “to tell the truth about phony clinics.” They highlight that “there are close to 4,000 fake clinics all over the country vs. only 780 real abortion providers. Also known as Crisis Pregnancy Centers or CPCs, fake clinics do NOT provide comprehensive reproductive health care—or much of any “health care” at all.” With more than 40 partner organizations, Expose Fake Clinics is driven by the Abortion Access Hackathon and Lady Parts Justice League to help people get involved and raise awareness about such deceptive practices.

“I looked in the Chicago Yellow Pages and made an appointment at what I thought was an abortion clinic. They sent a black woman in to talk to me. She told me that she and her husband hadn’t wanted their child at first and tried to convince me to keep mine. Then they showed me a video of a D&E (dilation and evacuation). They assumed I was on food stamps…”

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