I had an abortion at 16. My mother would not consent to me obtaining birth control although I was already a teen mother of a son through incest, and a college freshman thousands of miles away from home. I was lucky – abortion had been legalized in Washington, DC in 1970, the year I desperately needed one, so I avoided the back alley even before Roe v. Wade. I had a safe and legal saline abortion at Washington Hospital Center. I aborted twins. I do not, in any way, regret my decision because becoming a mother of three children at age 16 was totally unacceptable. My older sister had to forge my mother’s signature on the consent form because, of course, if my mother did not believe in birth control, she also didn’t believe in abortion. She had a weird “sex-as-women’s-punishment” thing going on in her head after birthing 8 kids! Her answer to my pregnancy was to advise me to drop out of college and come home. Go figure! Anyway, my son is now 42 and a father in his own right. I’m proud of him and my grandson, but what happened to me – rape, incest, parental blocking – should not happen to any other girl and I’m proud to be a feminist fighting for all women’s human rights!
Loretta J. Ross, Atlanta GA