Delylah

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

Delylah, 17 years-old, called in to the hotline when she was just a few weeks pregnant.

She lived in a small, rural town with a tight-knit community. Her parents were both well-liked in the community, but behind closed doors they were angry and controlling.

When Delylah found out that the closest abortion clinic was two hours away, she started crying. And then she found out that she would have to go to court—on a week day, during business hours.

“How am I supposed to do that?,” she asked. “I have school. I can’t just leave. They’ll call my parents. One time I skipped school and my mother hit me with a frying pan.”

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