I had a patient who came to me pregnant and devastated. She didn’t know she could get pregnant because she had irregular periods and was told by doctors that her chance of pregnancy was low.
She had just graduated from an ivy league college, top of her class and was studying for the LSAT at that time. She felt that pregnancy would have changed her path significantly, not only career wise, but also because she came from a conservative Caribbean family and they would never accept her.
She had no insurance and was nervous about asking to borrow money. But luckily she lived in New York and could either apply for Medicaid or family planning benefit program to cover the cost of her abortion and post-abortion contraception.
Months later, she wrote to me and said that she had done well on the LSAT and because of her abortion, she was back on track and applying for law school. All women should have similar access to full spectrum reproductive services.