When is it appropriate? I've been hearing a lot at work and, to my surprise, at school about the Gosnell trial, and I don't know what the social graces surrounding talking about your abortion are.
I've had to search for abortion services in Bogota, Colombia, where any abortion was illegal (this changed in 2006) even though mine was the result of rape. The conditions described in descriptions of Gosnell's clinic were familiar to me, and I remember being grateful that the only thing I got from the abortion was an infection, whereas the woman who went with me died.
And then, I had to search for abortion services in San Francisco, California where I was given excellent, compassionate, and most importantly, at the time, FREE care, as I could not afford to pay for it myself. The follow-up visit confirmed everything went as expected, and I remember being so grateful that nothing bad had happened, as if that was the default, and having something bad happen during a medical procedure was normal and expected.
Do people who condemn abortion so vehemently do so because they don't see it as something anyone they know has ever needed to do? Is it against social graces to mention that you went through it, twice, and what makes the difference is available access, not anything else? Or is it something impolite to mention in public? Is shocking someone you know the first step to normalizing the discussion on abortion? Is my iPhone a Republican? It keeps correcting "abortion" to "aberration."