“The Least-Bad Option”


Maggie Koerth-Baker shares her own deeply personal story:

I am lying awake in bed, trying to decide whether or not to have an abortion. Of course, we don’t call it an abortion. We call it “a procedure” or a D&C. See, my potential abortion is one of the good abortions. I’m 31 years old. I’m married. These days, I’m pretty well off. I would very much like to stay pregnant right now. In fact, I have just spent the last year—following an earlier miscarriage—trying rather desperately to get pregnant.

Unfortunately, the doctors tell me that what I am now pregnant with is not going to survive.

The experience has reinforced why she's pro-choice:

If you are pregnant, and do not want to be, all of your options suck. If you cannot seem to get pregnant, and want to be, all of your options suck. If you are pregnant, and won’t be soon, all of your options suck. There is no universal good option. There is no universal bad option. But for each individual there is an option that is the least bad. Here is why I am pro-choice. If someone has to make a decision and the best they can hope for is the least-bad option, I don’t believe I have any business making that choice for them.

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