Abortion. A Collective Story by Cara MariAnna

By Cara MariAnna

Stories approximately abortion supply a wealthy flooring for taking a look at the connection among narrative, adventure, and that means simply because in lots of methods abortion has end up a defining factor for American culture―one that touches at the price we characteristic to human existence, liberty, and freedom. utilizing own tales and interviews, MariAnna seeks to teach the contours of an important and various collective story―a narrative that emphasizes the discursive dynamics at paintings in any account of the importance of abortion.

MariAnna seeks to teach the contours of an essential and various collective story―a narrative that emphasizes the discursive dynamics at paintings in any account of the importance of abortion.

By looking for various narrative and experiential extremes, she offers diversified and particular money owed that shape a collective tale. The debts she offers are approximately genuine adventure, yet as the which means of that have is created and conveyed in narrative shape, there is not any neat contrast among a narrative and the development to which it refers. which means is embedded in greater cultural narrative: the person tales advised approximately abortion and the intersection among them. those tales illustrate how adventure itself is mediated via, to some degree even a functionality of, narrative modes and currents. They illustrate the way in which autobiographical background is so enmeshed in cultural narrative kinds that the non-public bills we provide of our personal lives functionality as usually unacknowledged social statement. tales approximately abortion offer a wealthy flooring for taking a look at the connection among narrative, event, and which means simply because in lots of methods abortion has end up a defining factor for American culture―one that touches at the price we characteristic to human lifestyles, liberty, and freedom. This booklet should be of specific curiosity to students, scholars, and researchers concerned with Women's stories and Women's healthiness matters and to normal readers considering modern American social problems.

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She was eighteen years old. Like most of the women I spoke with, Barbara considered having an abortion immediately. "If I was in a healthy relationship, maybe it would have been different. But I [knew] that I would be going to school and that would interfere with my school work. " "When I first thought that I was pregnant I missed my period. I didn't get too nervous because I wanted to go to Planned Parenthood and get a pregnancy test and make sure that I was pregnant. However, before going to Planned Parenthood I was very scared.

For me it was, that part was, just a wonderful experience. You know, I can still cry about it. ] It was really beautiful the way that ended. And I'm sure that she was still very sad. I felt that I'd done a little bit to help her along. Anyway, that was the experience. " "So then, there was my husband waiting in the waiting room. We started on our trip home, and that was, as I've already mentioned to you, it was ghastly. " 32 Abortion: A Collective Story SUSAN Age: 24 Race/ethnicity: white, European American Number of abortions: 1 Age at time of abortion(s): 19 Year at time of abortion(s): 1992 Trimester of abortion(s): late lst/early 2nd Class identification, now and at time of abortion(s): I: student/middle class; A: middle class Religious affiliation, now and at time of abortion(s): I: Unitarian; A: United Church of Christ Level of formal education, now and at time of abortion(s): I: pursuing BA; A: high school graduate Training in the trades, now and at time of abortion(s): none Occupation, now and at time of abortion(s): I: student; A: restaurant work Relationship status, now and at time of abortion(s): I: partnered; A: single Sexual orientation, now and at time of abortion(s): I: heterosexual; A: heterosexual Number of children, if any, now and at time of abortion(s): none I met "Susan" at her home for our first interview.

The data records information about a woman at the time of her abortion(s) and at the time of the interview. For example: Class identification, now and at time of the abortions(s): I: lower middle [economic class]/middle [social class]; A: middle class. 20 Abortion: A Collective Story Religious affiliation, now and at time of abortion(s): none [raised Catholic]. Level of formal education, now and at time of abortion(s): I: BA; A: high school graduate. I designate the distinction between the two periods of time by using "I" to signify the time of the interview and "A" to represent the time of the abortion.

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