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Thursday, July 22, 2004

Ehrenreich Gets Personal on Abortion

Whoa, I just read Barbara Ehrenreich's column on abortion, and toward the end she makes this admission:

Honesty begins at home, so I should acknowledge that I had two abortions during my all-too-fertile years. You can call me a bad woman, but not a bad mother. I was a dollar-a-word freelancer and my husband a warehouse worker, so it was all we could do to support the existing children at a grubby lower-middle-class level. And when it comes to my children - the actual extrauterine ones, that is - I was, and remain, a lioness.

One point in the column seems to be that many women out there who themselves got abortions now oppose legal abortion rights, and Ehrenreich thinks that's wrong (hence the personal info). The obvious response to this is that many of those women may have had traumatic experiences and feelings of regret afterward, so now they don't believe in abortion rights any more. Considering how many women are young and scared when they get the procedure done, isn't it understandable that some may change their views later on?