fast.But I had $20 to my name. I had no ride to an abortion clinic — and even if I had, in that time and place, abortions cost money I didn’t have. Then (as now), pregnant girls were on their own.
I couldn’t tell my friends. I couldn’t tell anyone. In my impulsive desperation, I dove headlong into Google.
Even in those days, several websites told girls who’d run out of options what to do and how to do it.[Read: Roe v. Wade Ruling May Disproportionately Impact Girls with ADHD]The suggested solutions for ending a pregnancy were dangerous. Only impulsive girls prone to risk-taking would attempt them.
I picked one and followed through. It worked. I sobbed alone in the shower with what I recognize now as labor pains.
Years later, I still wonder if that monumental risk harmed me in some irreparable way.This is what happens when women with ADHD have no access to basic reproductive care.Last month, many Americans found themselves stripped of this essential freedom. With abortion no longer a federally protected right, several states acted immediately to prohibit it. Thirteen states have trigger laws that swiftly banned the procedure.
A full 22, according to The Guttmacher Institute, have laws that could be “used to restrict the legal status of abortion.” It is now, or soon will be, impossible to access abortion care through much of the South: every Southern state except Virginia and North Carolina will ban the procedure. Fifty-eight percent of American women live in states “hostile or extremely hostile” to abortion rights.While Roe’s repeal affects all people able to become pregnant, it’s particularly dangerous for women with ADHD. Their symptoms include inattention, impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, and low frustration
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