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The Abortion I Didn’t Have

posted on December 7, 2021

For The New York Times Magazine, Merritt Tierce writes about the abortion she did not have at age 19, and the complexity of loving her son and regretting the life she also didn’t have. Because of her evangelical upbringing, she and her family did not consider abortion an option. Later in life, she helped create an abortion fund, and she has been an activist for abortion rights. She writes, “A paradox here is that much of what informed my parents’ conviction that I should not have an abortion—though we never even talked about it—was rooted in religion, and yet having a baby when I did, the way I did, led directly to my departure from religion, and far more swiftly than anything else could have.”

Read at The New York Times Magazine