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May 07, 2007




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Ericka Lutz

YES, Kelley. You've nailed it:

"YOU SIR, have no business in that hospital room, unless God forbid, the child you speak of is your own."

Thank you for this -- I am a long time reader of Julia's. Everybody should read her story -- it's such proof of why we need to maintain our rights to safe, legal abortions.

And it's important that women not be cowed by the climate of fear springing up around abortion. Our stories are important. Whether it's a tragic late-term story like Julia's, or a more "normal" story like my own.

My own abortion story was published yesterday at Literary Mama:

Thank you for continuing to "speak truth to power."


That made me cry for those poor parents. What a choice to have to labor most heartfelt sympathies to them.

The Fat Lady Sings

Bravo, Ericka. It takes courage to speak out on this subject. Far too many are silenced. That is the great story of our times you know; the silencing of voices. We need to really hear what everyone has to say – with an emphasis on the word ‘hear’. Far too many ears remain closed, causing unnecessary pain for far too many women; not to mention the men in their lives. The word ‘abortion’ has become a catch-all descriptive term for many differing medical procedures - and as such is inadequate to that task. Some of these procedures save lives - some save sanity. All are medically necessary - and therein lays the connection between your story and that of Julia and Baby Thomas. Life and the living of it is a messy business. It does not divide itself along crystalline lines. There are complexities that never seem to be discussed – especially when it comes to emotional topics like abortion. Abortion has in fact become a brand, like a scarlet ‘A’. By demonizing it, those voices I spoke of become fearful and are thus silenced. As a result, we never have a chance to discuss and understand everything that word encompasses. So thank you for adding in your own unique voice. It’s nice to know there are those who will not keep quiet – no matter how great the pressure to shut the fuck up and go away.


Wow! That was such a heart wrenching editorial! She really did a great job! Thank you for posting it. You'd think the paper would be happy to print it. I guess they prefer to be one-sided on the matter.

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