Charlene

Stories from Janes who have called the hotline in Texas. Names and identifying details have been changed.

Charlene lived in a one-bedroom apartment with both of her parents, her three siblings, and her older sister’s boyfriend and baby daughter.

Her parents were highly religious and believed that abortion clinics should be bombed.

Charlene was a straight-A, AP student and had been accepted into college early admission. She was eager to leave her home, where there was often not enough food on the table for everyone.

She knew that if her parents found out about her pregnancy, they would force her to have the baby, stay home, and raise it.

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