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Tuesday, April 6, 2004

My abortion and my baby.

This long personal reflection piece appeared in London's The Observer over the weekend:

People who know me will be surprised to hear I had an abortion. In the past
it has not been something I have talked about openly. You just don't. But
abortion is something that stays with you, most often as a secret, and it is
not something you forget. Coming out about my abortion to a television
audience was something I never thought I would do.

It was written by Julia Black, an independent film-maker who recently completed a documentary, My Foetus.

She had an abortion when she was 21 and more recently carried a pregnancy to term. It's very interesting in the article how when Julia expresses dissonance or confusion over abortion and what a fetus is, it's always in terms of whether her new insights should lead her to question her pro-choice views--and not in terms of what her emotions might be about that earlier abortion.

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