Poor Baby: A Child Of The 60'S Looks Back On Abortion
Publish Date: 2012-08-22
Author: Heather King
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I came of age during the 60s and 70s. Im a former waitress, an ex-lawyer, a sober barfly, a Catholic convert, and a self-supporting writer. Ive been financially independent all my life. But Ive never much been able to reduce the mystical to the political. Ive never been much moved to call myself a feminist. The feminists had said that sleeping around would be empowering. The feminists had maintained that choosing would make me free. The feminists had asserted that thered be no repercussions. The feminists had been wrong. That Im for lifeand against abortion, war, the prison industry, capital punishment, and the destruction of all that is most precious in us and the people around usis a given. That Im for life is why I suffered, in silence, in guilt, in sorrow, for over twenty years. Even women, who will talk about anything, dont talk about abortion. But I do, in this 10,000-word essay that I hope might open the door to a new way of thinking about and talking about this difficult subject. Because abortion is not a political issue; abortion is a mystical issue. Abortion is a matter of emotional and spiritual poverty, of what we inherit from our parents and what we pass on to our children, of what we absorb from a culture that is saturated with violence. As Dostoevsky observed: Love in reality is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams. Poor Baby is the tragicomic story of a harsh and dreadful thing. May it shed some light on our collective yearning for love. NOTE: POOR BABY is a 54-page essay, not a full-length book.