Call Me in the Morning is Jezebel’s sexual health column. The coat hanger is a symbol of an era before Roe vs. Wade, when abortion was illegal and people tried managing it with the only means they knew: a straightened coat hanger used to dangerously induce a termination that would often result in hemorrhage, and sometimes death. While outdated, the symbol of the coat hanger is a persistent reminder that when abortion is illegal or out of reach, people will find other means to terminate their pregnancies. Today people have safer means of self-managing abortion. Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion in all 50 states in the United States in 1973, but it didn’t give everyone an unfettered right to access it, either without burden or significant obstacles. As an abortion provider who has worked in New York and Texas, I’ve been able to witness the stark differences in policy and how they directly impact abortion access. An abortion experience varies by zip code. Because of state-mandated insurance bans, a patient in Texas will have to pay out of pocket for her procedure (and she will have to wait at least 24 hours to have it done). But in New York,… Read full this story
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