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Life Arts    H2'ed 4/18/17

Abortion: Stories Women Tell

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Amie, a single mother who is 30, works seventy hours a week to support her two children. When she arrives at Hope Clinic after a 200-mile drive, a parking lot regular greets her with, "You don't have to kill your baby."

"Why should I be ashamed?" she asks with a mixture of anger and frustration. "It's not fair to have to deal with sh*t like that." Trying to make ends meet on the tips she earns as a waitress and bartender, her concern is for the children she is raising. Falling within the six- to nine-week time frame, she opts to use the abortion pill, which will loosen the fetus from the uterine wall.

Staff physician, Dr. Erin, talks of the difference between when she worked at Planned Parenthood in Chicago and her experience in St. Louis. In her new neighborhood, protestors showed up at her house. She speaks matter-of-factly about what the future may hold.

"One in three women get an abortion. One in three women get a C-section. A C-section is accessible.

"It's going to become very, very dangerous for women. People are going to die. It's getting harder and harder, and I don't see a path for it getting easier any time soon."

According to an older man who seems to be at the Hope Clinic on a daily basis, "God is going to destroy America if we don't repent very quickly."

A nurse goes outside to take a break. She watches a father and his daughter. He is singing a well-known spiritual with his own lyrics: "He's got the unborn babies, in his hands." They switch to another hymn, "Yes, Jesus loves me." She comments, "I guess they think we don't believe in God or anything like that. That kind of bothers me when they do that. They think we don't care about God. But we're no different than anybody else."

There are plenty of tears shed on both sides.

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