Gabriela

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

Gabriela, 17 years old, called the hotline confused and upset. She had fairly recently given birth and didn’t understand how she was pregnant again.

“I didn’t know I could get pregnant again so soon…” she said, between bouts of tears. “No one ever told me that.”

Gabriela had tried to get on birth control in the past but both the doctors she asked told her she would need parental consent—which wasn’t possible since her father was in prison, her mother was missing, and she couch-surfed with her baby.

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