“When I’laysia Vital got accepted to Texas Southern University, a historically Black university in Houston, she immediately began daydreaming about the sense of freedom that would come with living on her own, and the sense of belonging she would feel studying in a thriving Black community.
Then, a nurse at her high school’s health clinic in Oakland, California explained the legal landscape of her new four-year home in Texas – where abortion is now banned completely.
Vital watched some TikTok videos of protestors harassing women outside clinics in other states. She realized her newfound freedoms would come at the expense of another.
That’s when she added one more task to her off-to-college checklist: get a long-acting, reliable form of birth control before leaving California….”