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Pro-choice writer visits abortion clinic, finds out it’s not like she imagined

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Pro-choice writer Hannah Selinger describes her visit to an abortion clinic. 

In all the years I have spent writing and thinking about a woman’s right to choose, I have never set foot in an abortion clinic, because I have never needed to. In my mind, I had always pictured a clean and comfortable place…

This was no Westchester clinic. The place was dirty and dark and the women in the room outside were standing, as there were no chairs. A woman beside me was crying. .. In the press, the issue of the right to choose will be reduced to the terminology of precedent and privacy. But the visceral reality of abortion–the grimy clinic, the sobbing and hapless young woman…cannot be understood by such desensitized vocabulary.

Hannah Selinger “The Raw Story: The real state of abortion rights, before Alito” 01/12/2006

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