posted by and they trembled before her fury
When I was very young I found out I was pregnant. Although I don't live in the USA, I did live in a place where abortion was illegal. There was no way I was going to continue that pregnancy. Because I thought that I was not going to be able to have an abortion I punched myself in the stomach, I reached as far inside myself as I could to squeeze my uterus, I did straighten out a coat hanger and attempt to put it inside my uterus but thankfully I was unsuccessful. By the grace of whatever I didn't hurt myself and I did eventually (and within the first trimester) find a medical clinic where I could get an abortion if the correct terminology was used. Whenever I read about abortions becoming more difficult to obtain I think about what I put myself through and it hurts just as much all over again. The actual surgical abortion was nothing compared to it. It was the most desperate I have ever felt and I shudder to think that women all over the world, but particularly in a country where it is supposed to be enshrined in law, would even contemplate doing such a thing to themselves as I did because they felt they had no choice.
"... [A] misfortune could bring misery. The way out of the misery could bring tragedy. Women took that way out because the alternatives were impossible. Today people need to be reminded that the choice is not between legal abortion and the supposedly edifying effects of bringing up an unwanted child. The choice is between legal abortion and illegal abortion. To know something of what an illegal abortion was like, you didn't need to have seen a girl's corpse after an unsuccessful operation. All you needed to have seen was a girl's face on the a way to a successful one."
Clive James, Falling Towards England
I did not regard it as a moral issue, but as a medical issue. A minority of women will always want an abortion. Therefore, it must be done properly.
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