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Retracing the Steps of My Abortion

Event Date:

October 25, 2022 | 12:30 PM PDT TO 1:30 PM PDT


St. Kreider Hall (SR 138), Glendale Community College
1601 E Mountain

Glendale, CA 91206


Before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a young woman endured challenges to access a legal...

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Join Pulitzer Center grantees Brittney McNamara and Dina Gachman at Glendale Community College (GCC) for “Retracing the Steps of My Abortion,” an event named after their Pulitzer Center-supported project published in Teen Vogue.

This event is sponsored by GCC Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium, the GCC History Department, and the Feminist Society & ASGCC. It is free and open to the public.

On Instagram, @gccjournalists will host a livestream for those who cannot attend in person. A Rally for Reproductive Rights in Plaza Vaquero will follow the discussion and Q&A.

Dina Gachman is a writer based in Austin, Texas, and a frequent contributor to Teen Vogue, The New York Times, Texas Monthly, and Vox.

Brittney McNamara is a features director at Teen Vogue. They have investigated the #MeToo movement on college campuses; reported on abortion access under the Trump administration; explored how incarceration impacts the mental health of young people; and published a series on health issues like bullying and vaccination.

McNamara and Gachman recount the path Montoya Frazier, a young adult living in San Antonio, Texas, took to access an abortion in “Retracing the Steps of My Abortion.” The piece was published mere hours before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022.

Frazier encountered a misleading pregnancy center and faced financial difficulties. With abortion access across the country drastically limited, the clinic where Montoya Frazier got her abortion is closed; the doctor who performed the abortion fears for their safety; and Frazier wonders what the future will be like for girls like her, living in states where abortion will likely be all but banned.

A flyer for "Retracing the Steps of My Abortion." Includes speakers Brittney McNamara and Dina Gachman.


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