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Video game challenges players to find path to abortion in Texas

- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 29, 2013

A new video game that's in the development stages challenges players to overcome Texas law and jump through bureaucratic hoops and — winningly — find the path that leads to abortion.

Players are confronted with a series of challenges, from geographical to medical, that stymie access to abortion, LifeSiteNews reported. They choose a game persona and navigate through the challenges.

One such persona: a 35-year-old woman who has a longtime boyfriend but "never planned to have children." Another: a 19-year-old bartender who is saving up money while she debates her options.

The game is called Choice: Texas. It has a "choose-your-adventure" tone, as created by Carly Kocurek and Allyson Whipple, LifeSiteNews said.

The game is advertised as "an educational interactive fiction game which will be freely available on the web. Players will explore the game through one of several characters, each of whom reflects specific socioeconomic, geographic and demographic factors impacting abortion access in Texas. Although billed as interactive fiction, Choice: Texas is based on ... the real circumstances facing women in the state."

Ms. Whipple said she wanted the game to serve as a "sex education tool for older high schoolers," LifeSiteNews reported. And Ms. Kocurek hoped it taught "awareness and empathy."

The creators hope to have the game up and running by Valentine's Day.

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