Jane #4

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

A 17 year-old high school graduate called in. She was also the mother of a two year-old son.

“My mother’s boyfriend used to hit her and sometimes I would try to stop him, but then he’d start hitting me,” she said.

“I left home to live with my boyfriend when I found out that I was pregnant the first time. My mother wouldn’t let me have an abortion, so I knew a baby would be safer living away from her and her boyfriend. But my boyfriend started hitting me as soon as I moved in. So, I got my own place, a car, and two jobs. I’m pregnant again, but I can’t tell my mom because she would try to stop me from getting an abortion. My father is dead.”