Can an abortion story be "positive"?

Even Letts recounts, “I remember breathing and humming through it like I was giving birth. I know that sounds weird, but to me, this was as birth-like as it could be. It will always be a special memory for me. I still have my sonogram, and if my apartment were to catch fire, it would be the first thing I’d grab.”

That sounds incongruous. First, I’ve never met a woman who hummed through labor. Second, and more importantly, if Letts believes her abortion was the right decision, why does she describe it positively as “birth-like,” and why is she so attached to her sonogram picture?

It’s a revealing comment. Even a woman who feels totally unprepared for motherhood and works as an abortion counselor sounds a note of regret. There is at least a piece of her that wants to remember the life that might have been.

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