Yojany is a 29-year-old mother of three who struggles to support her family on the $120 per month that her husband makes as a gardener. Yojany’s oldest son has asthma, and she says she was shocked when she found out she was pregnant again.
“What is the point of having four or five kids and having them die of hunger, or running out of money when one of them gets sick?” she asked.
Uncertain about whether she could support another child, Yojany decided to ask her doctor for information about an abortion. Her doctor told her that abortion was illegal under most circumstances in Mexico but gave her information about the procedure and, after Yojany made her decision, arranged for her to obtain one. Years later, Yojany says that she doesn’t regret her decision: “I feel liberated.”