Abortion: Loss and Renewal in the Search for Identity by Eva Pattis Zoja

By Eva Pattis Zoja

The controversy on abortion has tended to prevent the mental importance of an undesirable being pregnant, ruled istead by means of the powerful feelings the topic excites. Eva Pattis Zoja examines the concepts that encompass a woman's selection to finish a being pregnant, and provides the hard thesis that voluntary abortion can usually be a violent and subconscious act of self-realisation.
Treating a subject that's relevant to our life, the writer makes no try to argue for or opposed to, or to disclaim the painful nature of the topic which she tackles, yet as a substitute appears on the approach during which a choice to abort can have an effect on a woman's internal existence.

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It is as though we still today feel a need for taboo: a need for protective measures that set up guides and limits, preventing us from striding too blithely into new and perilous territory. Taboo—which offers the warning, ‘here one crosses a border with the supernatural’—has been replaced by notions of permission and prohibition; and what was once a protective signpost has evolved into a moral precept. Basing behaviour on moral precepts was again quite remote from the traditional world. The foetus, which once found its meaning as ‘a fragment of the great beyond’, becomes instead, in this new frame of reference, a human being, a tiny baby in flesh and blood, who is murdered by an abortion.

The woman by now is acquainted with the way the bureaucracy works, she is already experienced: she is there because she wants an abortion, and she does not have the air of simply a victim of an accident, struck by lightning from a cloudless sky. The discussion of birth control is carried out a bit more exhaustively by the social worker, the woman pays a bit less attention than before. She’s convinced it will not happen again, but she has started on her way, and the third abortion is statistically no less frequent than the second.

One only has to think of all the discipline that has to be deployed to still the various disturbances that would otherwise disrupt a creative effort performed with our minds or our hands: telephone calls, housework, and so forth. External disturbances are quite reduced during a pregnancy; one will more probably be troubled by the distance at which one finds oneself from others; one is likely to doze off at the first sign of tiredness, even in the course of a conversation. Other people’s demands—which we normally find hard to reject, since they too have made a contribution to the ways in which we have learned to structure our personalities—grow less important.

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