Alabama teen thought she had more time before abortion ban took effect: ‘I just started crying’

Alabama teen thought she had more time before abortion ban took effect: ‘I just started crying’

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While filming at an abortion clinic in Alabama for Anderson Cooper 360, CNN’s Randi Kaye ran into an 18-year-old who was turned away because she could no longer get the procedure. The young woman, who is two months pregnant, believed she had more time after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, but Alabama was one of several states that quickly banned abortion.

“I just started crying. I don’t think it’s fair,” the woman said. “No matter the situation, I feel like you should be able to have an abortion.”

She is just one of millions of women in the U.S. who may be forced to travel hundreds of miles in order to get the procedure.

“I know I’m gonna get it done, but — look, I’m gonna try ‘cause I don’t want it and I don’t want to have it,” the woman said. “So I’m gonna try to go somewhere, but it’s just stressful because I feel like I might not be able to find a place in time.”

Kaye also spoke to an 18-year-old who had an abortion at the clinic just days before the decision.

“I’m proud of the decision I made,” the woman said. Asked what she thinks of all the women who will no longer be able to get an abortion, she said, “I feel so bad for those girls because this was a hard decision for me. I couldn’t imagine being looked in my face and told no.”

Anderson Cooper 360 airs weeknights at 8 p.m. on CNN.

Watch John Oliver call out Democrats for not doing more to stop Roe from being overturned:

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