BY MARIA DOLOJAN, Teen Vogue
MARCH 17, 2021
In 2019, when news broke that a 12 year-old girl in my island community on Guam was raped and impregnated, reality set in for me and many women and girls. It was the first time some of us realized that we did not have any abortion providers in Guam, and it would take extraordinary measures for someone from our island to get an abortion. She would have to fly thousands of miles to Hawai‘i — and because she likely comes from a poor family who does not have the financial means to pursue abortion services elsewhere, she would not able to end the pregnancy.
It was a wakeup call.
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Michelle Broder Van Dyke in Honolulu
Mon 22 Feb 2021
Getting an abortion on Guam, a remote US territory in the Pacific Ocean, has never been simple. Before 2016 there were only two abortion doctors on the entire island, and anti-abortion protesters would often stand outside their clinics with signs.
But since 2018, it has been impossible. That year Guam lost its last abortion provider when Dr William Freeman retired and moved away, and the doctor who took over refused to conduct them. This means that the closest US abortion clinic is now in Hawaiʻi, an eight-hour and $1,000 flight away. The number of abortions on Guam dropped from more than 200 a year in 2017 to zero.
Clinic no longer provides abortion services
Jamie Ward | The Guam Daily
June 23, 2018
The Guam Women's Clinic is no longer performing abortions, and apparently that leaves Guam with nobody who will perform one.
While the website for the Guam Women's Clinic still operates, and comes up as the first listing when "abortion services Guam" is Googled, a call to the number listed confirmed that Dr. William Freeman has retired and that Dr. Jeffrey Gabel, who's taken over the clinic, does not provide those services as Freeman did.