In 1977, a young woman named Rosie Jimenez lived in McAllen, Texas, not
far from my home. She was a single mother, a student and a woman of ambition. When she became pregnant, she didn’t want to have another child at that time, so she sought out abortion care. But she couldn’t afford an abortion. And since the Hyde Amendment, banning the use of federal funds or federal assistance for abortion care, had passed just a year before, she saw no choice but to seek out an illegal abortion. She died of complications from the procedure.

Publication Name: Ms Magazine