What If My Mother Had An Abortion

Who might she have been?

I was born in the fall of 1974. My mother was a teenager when she became pregnant with me. Living in a small blue-collar town in Western Pennsylvania, about a year after Roe v Wade had been decided, she found herself with child and without many options. Abortion, while newly legal at the time, was still nothing easy to come by. In 1972 when my mother was still in high school, abortion was still unequivocally against the law in her home state. According to a 2003 report by Rachel Benson Gold of the Guttmacher Institute, “…from 1972…