I Owe My Life to My Mother's Abortion | Ravishly

February 20, 2015 3:19 PM

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I Owe My Life to My Mother's Abortion | Ravishly

It's all-too-easy to see your mother as a woman whose life exists only within visible proximity, her life inexorably tethered to yours. The first time I realized this notion is a fallacy -- that my mother's life extends far beyond the radius of our shared history -- we were drinking wine in the living room of the home I grew up in.

I was in college, and the conversation had turned to a friend of mine who had decided to have an abortion. My mother paused carefully, then revealed something I'll never forget: She too had an abortion, at age 17 -- seven years before I was born.

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