Sarah S., Alabama
“In early July of 2017, I found out I was pregnant. Neither I nor my boyfriend of six months wanted to have a child. I knew from my volunteer work that abortion services at the Planned Parenthood health center in Mobile were not consistently available, so I immediately began researching other options. I called American Family Planning and made an appointment for 6:15am the following morning at their Pensacola, Florida location.
Even if services at the Mobile clinic were consistent, I likely would have chosen to go to Pensacola in order to avoid Alabama's 48-hour waiting period. I paid $515, which my boyfriend had withdrawn from his student loan funds, for a surgical abortion with twilight sedation. The price included an out-of-state discount. After my abortion, life continued on like normal — which is all I was hoping for. I was confident in my decision, was able to handle it privately, and had a supportive partner.”