Posts tagged “abortion”

  1. Previous installments of Jessica Valenti’s “Eat Me” column can be found here. I call it Sunday sauce, my grandmother called it “gravy.” The anything-but-plain tomato sauce--the cooking of which dominated the afternoon--is the food I probably associate most with my childhood. My mother would let my sister Vanessa and I dip pieces of bread in it as it thickened, the bread melting under the sauce’s weight. It seemed as if it simmered for hours,…

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  2. There’s no one way to describe what it’s like to be present when a baby is born. For me, it’s electric. It’s the most bold, most primal work of human existence, happening both all at once and in slow motion: shivery, sweaty, bloody, beautiful. It's the biggest joy and the greatest privilege I've experienced in my life so far, the fact that women choose me to be their witness and support on the day they…

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  3. As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep; and as I slept, I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold I saw a Woman, standing in a certain place, with her face from her own house, a Letter in her hand, and a great Burden upon her back. I looked, and saw her open…

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  4. Women in Montana, Washington, Idaho, and Ohio must undergo a nine-month waiting period after asking their doctor for an abortion. Women in Texas, Arizona, Rhode Island, and South Carolina must successfully draw a picture of what their ultrasound might look like if the fetus were a baby deer wearing a sailor suit singing "I've Got No Strings" from Pinocchio and holding a shakily handwritten birthday card before obtaining an abortion. Women in California, Virginia, Maryland,…

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  5. Following the death of Dr. Henry Morgentaler on May 29th, 2013, we reached out to a number of Canadian women of all ages to ask for their memories and thoughts on the subject of his life, work, and legacy. Few had met him, all had opinions. Here's one. - Ed. I heard the news of Dr. Henry Morgentaler’s death as I was driving the 34 kilometres into work. I had anticipated feeling saddened by his…

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