By Sarah Terzo
From post-abortive pro-choice feminist Sari Botton:
“For years I told myself I’d withheld [talking about her abortion] because it wasn’t anybody’s business, and maybe it wasn’t.
Later I told myself it was because the topic of abortion was unpleasant and difficult, and nobody wants to talk about it. That’s my husband’s take on it too. He was party to an abortion when he was 40, and although he is very happy it got him out of co-parenting with someone he didn’t want in his life any longer, he remains deeply conflicted about having gone through with it. Even to the staunchest of pro-choicers, the reality of abortion, the termination of something – someone? – that had gotten a start, is unfortunate and sad. It’s still so, so crucial to have an option.”
Sari Botton, “Confessions of a Good Girl” Kim Wyatt, Sari Botton .
21 Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health (South Lake Tahoe, California: Cherry Bomb Books, 2012) Kindle edition
Below: Is this “something” or “someone”?
Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.