A woman in her 40s and a husband have had a baby boy and are worried about their finances.
They were both sexually active for a number of years before the birth of their second child in June, and the couple decided they needed to make a change.
They told friends, but none of them had any idea what it would be like.
They asked their friends what they should do, but they didn’t know what to expect.
“They were like, ‘What if you had to go into labor?
What if you were stuck in traffic?
What would you do?'” said Stephanie Williams, who has three sons and two daughters.”
I’m a single mom,” said her husband, Jason Williams.
“I’m not a rich person.
I’m not trying to go out and get married.
So I just told them if it’s something they could do and I could do it, I would do it.”
They had no idea what they were getting into.
They contacted a doctor who was an OB-GYN and the two were told to be prepared to go to the hospital for an ultrasound.
The ultrasound showed a girl about 2½ feet, 4 inches tall, weighing just over 130 pounds.
“That was really scary,” said Williams.
But she was told that she was at no risk.
She was given a prescription for vaginal suppositories, a drug that helps with uterine contractions and also helps keep the uterus from rupturing during childbirth.
“We got the medication, we put it in the bag and we drove down to the emergency room,” said Stephanie.
They called Planned Parenthood and got a prescription.
It cost about $500.
The medication helped alleviate pain and constipation.
They went to the clinic and were put on the waiting list.
At first, Stephanie and Jason thought they would be able to pay for the drug, but that didn’t happen.
They had to call their insurance company to find out what kind of coverage they had.
They were told the drug was covered only through insurance companies and only if they paid the $500 out of pocket.
Then they got a call from Planned Parenthood, which said they had to pay the full amount out of their own pocket.
“It was really sad,” said Jason.
They are now struggling to make ends meet and don’t know where to turn.
“The biggest thing for me was that it didn’t really feel like it was going to happen,” said Brenda Williams.
They decided to go back to Planned Parenthood.
They said it was a lifesaver.
“In a way, it’s a blessing because now we know what our options are,” said Teresa Williams.
“So we’re happy to know that we can make sure we’re not going to be put into an impossible situation, or in the situation where we have to go through that again,” said Linda Williams.
Both of the doctors have no insurance and are now facing financial ruin.
They said they are considering a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood over the drugs.