Abortion Story #336: Holly’s abortion while in the U.S. military

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is an excerpt from Holly’s story, who opens up about the impact of her Mexican American background and U.S. military service on her reproductive life. When she made a decision to seek an abortion between deployments, Holly had to overcome economic and geographic hurdles to access care because current abortion bans denied her the ability to go to a military health facility. Watch her full story presented as a video in the series, “NO CHOICE,” featured at BillMoyers.com

Editor’s Note: Learn more about current abortion restrictions imposed on members of the U.S. military and their families from NARAL Pro-Choice America, and read about a recent study by Ibis Reproductive Health looking at servicemembers’ experiences under these bans.


“…I knew I wanted an abortion. But I couldn’t go to a military doctor. Preparing for deployment is a very costly endeavor. I ended up spending quite a bit of money just getting new gear. So, by the time that I realized that I needed this procedure, I was broke. I didn’t know what to do. I was at the end of my rope. I called Planned Parenthood and I remember calling the North Dakota office. They referred me to a clinic in Minnesota. So I had to drive four hours. And I would have to wait three days. I also thought, “where am I going to stay?” So the only option was my car…”

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