Woman's story of psycho ex who tried to 'trap her' with a baby shows why women must have the right to choose.
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Women across the country are sharing their stories in response to the recent legislation in states of Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, and now the Missouri Senate banning abortion.

Many are opening up in hopes of enlightening people about how common and necessary the procedure is. While others are sharing in hopes of making other women feel less alone, particularly those currently living in the states seeking to criminalize abortion.

Twitter user Brie shared a personal story about an abusive ex boyfriend who poked a whole in a condom in order to "trap her" in the relationship.


During their second time having sex he poked a hole in the condom when she wasn't looking, and when she bought a home pregnancy test and saw the results, he got excited and admitted it was on purpose.

When Brie's friend took her to a women's clinic to confirm the pregnancy, they accidentally stumbled upon one of the many Christian centers posing as a women's health clinic.

Rather than receiving comprehensive medical care, Brie was given a lecture about how abortion was murder, and would land her in hell.

Since she was a minor, she was forced to go in front of a judge in order to receive rights to go through with an abortion

When she was granted rights to her own abortion, the procedure itself only took roughly five minutes to remove the embryo. However, the process of going to court and getting lectured at a "women's clinic" was much more traumatic.

The manipulative boyfriend pulled a knife on her when she initiated a breakup, and proceeded to stalk her for a decade after she dumped him. The only thing that stopped him from staying on her trail was a full-on arrest from the police.

She went on to share that she fully believes if she had given birth, he would have had more legal leeway to trap her in his life, and eventually she believes that would have led to him killing both her and the child.

Brie revealed that this was the first time she's shared her story publicly, and while it's terrifying to open herself up like this, it's worth it if it makes one woman or girl feel less alone in their situation.

Other people jumped onto the thread to commend Brie's openness and share similar stories of their own.

A few people also gave shout outs to Brie's ride-or-die friend, who drove her to the appointments and remained a rock.

Women should never feel like they have to air out their personal stories for the sake of humanizing a decision. But I do hope that as more women open up, more people listen, and others feel less alone.

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Alone, hungry, and scared, Glenda dialed 2-1-1 for help. The person on the other end of the line directed her to the Houston-based nonprofit Bread of Life, founded by St. John's United Methodist pastors Rudy and Juanita Rasmus.

For nearly 30 years, Bread of Life has been at the forefront of HIV/AIDS prevention, eliminating food insecurity, providing permanent housing to formerly homeless individuals and disaster relief.

Glenda sat in her car for 20 minutes outside of the building, trying to muster up the courage to get out and ask for help. She'd never been in this situation before, and she was terrified.

When she finally got out, she encountered Eva Thibaudeau, who happened to be walking down the street at the exact same time. Thibaudeau is the CEO of Temenos CDC, a nonprofit multi-unit housing development also founded by the Rasmuses, with a mission to serve Midtown Houston's homeless population.

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Biden asked who Hixon's parents were as the clip begins, and is directed to his right. Hixon's wife introduces herself, and Biden says, "God love you." As he starts to walk away, a voice off-camera says something and Biden immediately turns around. The voice came from Hixon's son, Corey, and the moments that followed are what have people feeling all their feelings.

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Glenda moved to Houston from Ohio just before the pandemic hit. She didn't know that COVID-19-related delays would make it difficult to get her Texas driver's license and apply for unemployment benefits. She quickly found herself in an impossible situation — stranded in a strange place without money for food, gas, or a job to provide what she needed.

Alone, hungry, and scared, Glenda dialed 2-1-1 for help. The person on the other end of the line directed her to the Houston-based nonprofit Bread of Life, founded by St. John's United Methodist pastors Rudy and Juanita Rasmus.

For nearly 30 years, Bread of Life has been at the forefront of HIV/AIDS prevention, eliminating food insecurity, providing permanent housing to formerly homeless individuals and disaster relief.

Glenda sat in her car for 20 minutes outside of the building, trying to muster up the courage to get out and ask for help. She'd never been in this situation before, and she was terrified.

When she finally got out, she encountered Eva Thibaudeau, who happened to be walking down the street at the exact same time. Thibaudeau is the CEO of Temenos CDC, a nonprofit multi-unit housing development also founded by the Rasmuses, with a mission to serve Midtown Houston's homeless population.

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It's interesting to step back and look at how much has changed just in our own lifetimes, which is why Merriam-Webster's Time Traveler tool is so fun to play with. All you do is choose a year, and it tells you what words first appeared in print that year.

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