Emily

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

Emily, 16 years old, was the mother of a 9 month-old boy and a full-time student.

She lived with her grandparents because her mother had kicked her out of the home when she became pregnant the first time, but refused to consent to birth control. Her father had been in prison for most of her life.

Her grandparents, though both in their 70s, had both gone back to work, cleaning houses and pumping gas to help support Emily’s son.

Emily’s grandmother called into the hotline and explained the situation—she was OK with whatever pregnancy option Emily chose and promised to support her no matter what. Emily had decided that she wanted to terminate her pregnancy so that she could finish school and provide a better life for her son.

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