Abortion Story #217: Danielle’s story

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is a brief excerpt from Danielle Kalamaras’ experience. She speaks of the relief she felt knowing that she could afford her abortion because it was covered by her employer-sponsored health insurance. Danielle’s full story was published by SELF magazine.

Note: While most private health plans have historically included abortion, this coverage has been increasingly under attack in recent years; a policy in the Affordable Care Act lets state lawmakers interfere with private coverage of abortion. And since 1976, Congress has denied abortion coverage from people enrolled in Medicaid and other federal programs, falling hardest on women of color, people who are immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals. Thankfully, a bill in Congress — the EACH Woman Act — would undo these bans. Learn more at All Above All.

“I remember [someone close to me] had an abortion when she was 18, and she paid out of pocket…She and her boyfriend scrounged together the cash, and financially $600 was a lot of money for a young woman who’s…working jobs where she didn’t even have benefits.…When I found out that I was pregnant, I was surprised, emotionally…. And to even have any sense of rationality or decision-making, that I could just call a clinic and have some of this financial burden taken care of, [it gave me a] sense of calm…”

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