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Project June 24, 2022

Retracing the Steps of My Abortion


Makayla Montoya Frazier found out she was pregnant right around her 19th birthday. She’d recently moved to San Antonio, Texas, where she lived with her grandparents, found a job, and had finally started to make space between herself and her tumultuous childhood. If she knew one thing for certain, it was that she wasn’t ready to be a mother.

The year was 2018, and the Supreme Court had yet to overturn Roe v. Wade, which had protected legal abortion nationwide. Still, even in a landscape friendlier toward abortion access than it is today, it took Montoya Frazier a month after learning she was pregnant to get an abortion.

In this Teen Vogue feature, writer Dina Gachman retraces the steps Montoya Frazier took to access an abortion, from a misleading pregnancy center to challenges affording the procedure. Now, with abortion access across the country drastically limited, the clinic where Montoya Frazier got her abortion is closed; the doctor who performed the abortion fears for their safety; and Montoya Frazier wonders what the future will be like for girls like her, living in states where abortion will likely be virtually banned.