Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Why do women self-abort when abortions are legal?

For me, having had an illegal surgical abortion (no anesthesia, not even Tylenol), this article from The Times (For Privacy's Sake, Taking Risks to End Pregnancy)was a difficult, especially poignant, read. I'm sure it will resonate with many other women, especially Latinas, who may find themselves desperate, burdened by a pregnancy that is very wrong for them, yet ashamed to be at odds with their families and culture. The one happy note struck, though, is of the dominicanas who find support in sisterhood that helps get them through the physical and emotional trauma of self-abortion.