Coming Out for Choice
After reading Katha Pollitt’s column “Come Out, Pro-Choicers!” [September 14/21], I’ve decided to tell my story to The Nation. I had an abortion at age 18. I was date-raped and prayed that I would not become pregnant. When I missed my period, I knew my prayers had not been answered.
I was beside myself with worry when I went home for the summer after the end of my first college year. My mother recognized my condition and arranged for an abortion. The doctor who was to do the procedure first asked if there was any possibility of marriage. None, I replied. On the way home, my mother cautioned me not to mention this to anyone. I kept the secret for many years.
I was able to take up my usual job for the summer and finish my schooling. I was immensely grateful to my mom and to the doctor who performed the abortion.
I am a grandmother now and never had the need for another abortion. But I have always been pro-choice. I think abortion should be available everywhere. I am in the poverty class, but I sometimes give small sums to an organization that helps women in need of an abortion.
Hillary’s Unrequited Love
Hillary Clinton voted to invade Iraq and has amassed millions in donations linked to the fossil-fuel industry. Yet, in “Can Hillary Win Over the Left?” [September 14/21], Michelle Goldberg argues that Clinton is worthy of progressive support, at a political moment when progressives have a clear alternative.
Goldberg’s point seems to be that, although Hillary has flipped from liberal to centrist with the political winds, public opinion is now moving to the left, so we can rely on Hillary to rediscover her liberal roots. But it’s one thing to be pragmatic when it’s necessary for legislative damage control; it’s another to be a politically unprincipled chameleon.
Goldberg goes to great lengths to persuade us that Clinton has often been to the left of Obama (which is not saying much) and to the left of her husband (which is saying even less). But why should we settle for that when we have a candidate who has consistently been far more progressive than all of the above, and who is now winning the hearts of voters in a way that Hillary never has and never will?