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My Great-Grandmother Died Young Because Of An Unsafe Abortion. 100 Years Later, I Was Forced To Make The Same Choice.


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They argue that an unborn baby’s life is precious. And they are right. They argue that a mother’s choice is paramount. And they are right. They say that up to 24 weeks, abortion is permissible. Others argue that 20 weeks is where the limit should be. Some say never; some say always.

In recent months, the intense debate around controversial abortion laws has led to the vote to overturn the contentious Roe v. Wade ruling. The question of what defines life and on what merits to assess this stands at the core of this painful—and partisan—discussion, dividing the American nation into two artificially polarized groups.

In the current political system, Democrats are the party of pro-choice and Republicans are the party of pro-life. That’s a bit simplistic, isn’t it?

When it comes to abortion, a sizable number of Republicans are single-issue voters, siding with the Republican ticket. But it doesn’t need to be this way, and it does a disservice across the board to both the legitimacy of other political issues and the complexity of the abortion issue itself.


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Allow me to share a personal story. My grandfather’s mother had four sons. I can imagine four sons was a handful and the prospect of another baby daunting.

Whatever the exact specifics of her situation, my great-grandmother made the undoubtedly desperate decision to end her pregnancy with a dangerous coat hanger abortion which resulted in her untimely death at only 44 years, with the young son left to be raised by my grandfather, her eldest son.

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