On September 1, the new Texas abortion ban went into effect. The law makes abortion illegal after six weeks. It allows for women, health care providers, and anyone “aiding and abetting” them in obtaining an abortion to be sued by any private citizen. The overwhelming sense of dread and indignation I felt over this new law would not let me rest. 

Here’s why.

I was a teen mom, impregnated by my first boyfriend—the first time we had sex. I grew up in a religion that only gave you one option: abstinence until marriage. I could not talk to anyone about accessing protection and birth control outside of marriage. If I did, I risked losing my entire family and my community. 

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