Josephine from Florida
Josephine* had recently moved from Texas to Florida with her two children to escape her abusive partner after he threatened to kill her. While trying to create a new stable home for her children, Josephine was raped and became pregnant. She couldn’t afford to pay for her abortion—nor could she arrange for transportation to get to the closest provider who was more than 80 miles away—so Josephine attempted to terminate the pregnancy on her own by ingesting poison. She ended up being hospitalized, needing several blood transfusions, and still pregnant. By the time Josephine was able to gather enough resources to cover her abortion procedure and transportation to the nearest abortion care facility, she was 23 weeks pregnant and wouldn’t have been able to access care if a 20-week ban had been in place.
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*Name changed to protect privacy.