Why post-Roe abortion restrictions worry domestic violence experts

WARNING: This story contains descriptions of intimate partner violence.

If you or someone you know is struggling with intimate partner violence and want to discuss safety planning, they can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), chatting at thehotline.org or texting “START” to 88788.

Elizabeth Holmes knew she was in trouble. After rekindling a relationship with her ex-boyfriend, she became pregnant a month later. And then, she said, his old patterns of abuse resurfaced, despite his promises that he had undergone therapy to change his possessive, controlling and violent behavior. He would deny being the father of their child one day, only to wake up the next with plans to buy a house for their family, Holmes said, in addition to other verbal, emotional and physical abuse.

She often regretted telling him that she was pregnant, but had also worried about what would happen if she had hid it from him….”

By Molly
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