Abortion

I felt very moved by both the article and the film, but not moved in a positive way- as I was reading the article I started to feel sick to my stomach. I believe that women should have the right to choose what happens to their body and it sickens me that we do not really. I know a few women who have had abortions, some who are very close to me and some who are merely acquaintances, and they have all had very different experiences. Having an abortion is an awful experience to have to go through- whether the baby was planned and something went wrong or was unplanned and unwanted. I think it is awful that these women who are already going through something quite painful (both physically and psychologically) are then shamed, sometimes by strangers or protesters or sometimes by family and friends. Something that I believe the article touched on that the film didn’t was that everyone copes differently; some women were very upset while others found it liberating, sometimes regret is immediate other times it will come later or not at all. I also think that the film portrayed people that perform abortions in a very different way than the article did; the film suggested that all abortion providers are very friendly and supportive while the article painted a very different picture describing providers who were cold or distant or outright shaming the patients and giving incorrect information.

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