A Visit to the Abortion Clinic

Molly Crabapple writes about her abortion. It was the event that made her politics personal. It cost $400 at a Manhattan Planned Parenthood. The essay is brave and beautiful:

A visit to an abortion clinic is often a middle class girl’s only brush with the brusque, painful care that is the lot of America’s poor. The better funded go to private doctors. They get treatment that’s far more personal and less public. Proper pain killers, no protesters in sight, and your man holding your hand.

The ability to have an abortion is as important for women as the vote. It is the basis of fertile women living equal lives. As soon as I could, I raised a thousand dollars for Planned Parenthood. It felt like paying a debt.

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