With all the arguments in the news these days, here’s my $.02 on the subject.
After mother died, my father married my wicked stepmother and she had the locks changed on our house so that I couldn’t get in unless she was at home. After her rebuke I moved out rather than disturb my Dad’s new bride. My education wasn’t finished and my new secretary job allowed only a one-room. third-floor walk-up studio apartment. When my brother witnessed my stepmother closing the door in my face on Thanksgiving, he and his wife invited me to live with them in Connecticut. They had three little children and the plan was for me to help out with the kids; get a job; and contribute to household chores and expenses.
Because my sister-in-law thought that the boy a few doors down was ‘cute’, she invited him to come and help me babysit on New Year’s Eve. He brought liquor and champagne, so we got drunk and I got pregnant.
After three months when it became apparent that I was getting ‘puffy’, I decided to get an abortion. I really didn’t understand abortion and in those days before ultrasound, people said the fetus was just a ‘blob of tissue’. One of my co-workers put me in touch with a local doc known for abortion and his receptionist gave me an appointment, stressing that I would need to bring $500. In cash.