Stories from Janes who have called the hotline in Texas. Names and identifying details have been changed.
A 17 year-old old mother of a three year-old called into the hotline. She was pregnant again and said she felt desperate.
“When I told my dad I was pregnant the first time and that I wanted to have an abortion, he told me that it would never happen,” she said. “He said that I needed to be punished. He told me I would have the baby and that he would beat me for the next 7 days. For 7 days, he beat me with his belt.”
“After I moved out, he used to come by my house and yell at me ‘to get ready’ as he took out his belt so he could ‘punish’ me more.”