Oh Dear

What happens when you take a very complex and unusual memoir about repeated abortions and give it to a for-profit media whose bottom line is served by making stories as reductive and sensationalist as possible?


Note that even though Dr. Lauren Streicher, clinical assistant professor at the Northwestern University School of Medicine, is quoted astutely observing, "This book really isn't about using abortion as birth control. [Irene Vilar] is unconsciously sabotaging contraception for self-mutilation. It's a way of escaping feeling empty," and even though Vilar herself is quoted saying, "Women have a deep need for agency, for purpose and direction and society is not providing natural and healthy channels for creative action. …Are many of the repeat abortions in part an embodiment of this mixed message [to mother; to not mother]? A lost, ambivalent attempt at an act of agency that cannot find its proper vessel?" the headline of the story is:
Abortion Addict Confesses 15 Procedures in 16 Years


[H/T to Shaker niemaodpowiedzi.]

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