By Sarah Terzo
Judith Arcana was an abortionist before Roe v. Wade with the organization JANE and is currently a pro-abortion activist. She talks about how women seem to have different feelings about abortion now than they did when it was first legalized:
“The young American women I have encountered, and those asked in surveys, are now starting to say something they never used to say in the 60s and 70s. Now they say ‘I think abortion should be legal, but I could never have one’….with abortion, something has changed the other way, gone backwards, so to speak. A US generation has grown up in a context where abortion is a negative word. Granted, abortion was never a jolly subject, but simply thinking and talking about abortion is once again something people do not want to do, something fraught with guilt and fear and shame.”
Judith Arcana, ““Feminist politics and abortion in the US,” Psychology and Reproductive Choice.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.