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Episode 5: Abortion Care According to Former Foster Youth

Featuring Phillisha, Brandy, and Alex Morse

RHEP Youth Advisory Board members Tamar, Phillisha, and Cody discuss abortion care in this open, unflinchingly honest episode. They share what went into their own decisions when they were pregnant, expand on different kinds of abortion (medication or procedural), explain how to weigh your options, lean on supportive people & more. Alex Morse, Planned Parenthood Community Health Educator, joins the conversation and gives accurate, easy-to-understand abortion care information. It’s your choice—but you don’t have to figure it all out on your own.

Content Advisory: The stories we are sharing sometimes touch on different kinds of trauma, please take care of yourself while you listen.

Tamar (she/her) is a RHEP Youth Advisory Board Member

Brandy (she/her) is a RHEP Youth Advisory Board member.


Phillisha (she/her) is a RHEP Youth Advisory Board



Alex Morse (they/them/theirs) is a Planned Parenthood Community Health Educator.

Self-Taught is produced in California. If laws, policies and programs are discussed in an episode, these may be specific to California. Listeners from other locations should check out their own state’s or country’s laws and programs – and if you need help finding your state’s laws, reach out to us at

Episode Resources

Exhale Pro-Voice
  • Planned Parenthood: a trusted healthcare provider whose mission is to ensure all people have access to the care and resources they need to make informed decisions about their bodies, their lives, and their futures
  • Abortion Finder can help you find an abortion provider near you, nationwide. 

Teen Health Law
  • Teen Health Law provides information on teens’ legal rights to consent as it relates to their health and healthcare.

Abortion Rights for California Youth from Planned Parenthood Youth: A Guide for Adult Advocates

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