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Alexander writes: "My 12-year-old daughter recently asked me what I think about abortion."

Michelle Alexander. (photo: NY Times)
Michelle Alexander. (photo: NY Times)


My Rapist Apologized. I Still Needed an Abortion.

By Michelle Alexander, The New York Times

23 May 19

 

y 12-year-old daughter recently asked me what I think about abortion. She walked into the kitchen, poked around the refrigerator, then spun around and blurted it out: “I can’t decide what I think about abortion. I want to know what you think.”

My daughter is an avid consumer of the news. Unlike myself at her age, she’s genuinely interested in political news — news about climate change, racial and gender justice, and the next election. As her question hung in the air between us, I knew immediately that she had read the news that our home state, Ohio, had just banned nearly all abortions with no exceptions for rape or incest. Kentucky had already done so, in a law that’s since been blocked by a federal judge. Alabama would soon follow. Several other states were lining up in the queue, eager to strip women of the right to choose.

I took a deep breath. Her question took me by surprise, and yet I had been waiting for it since the day she was born. I always knew the time would come when I would have to tell my daughters the truth: I was raped. And I had an abortion. One day, you may face these challenges too.

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+29 # vt143 2019-05-23 14:01
Your choice and you were allowed--then-- to make it. The way it should be. So sorry you were in that position.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2019-05-24 12:24
Quoting vt143:
Your choice and you were allowed--then--to make it. The way it should be. So sorry you were in that position.

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