Tired of Life?

Even If We Have More Choices, There Is Only One That's Right

It was early in 1975 when my girlfriend of four years met me for lunch at a Wendy's just down the street from the bank where she worked as a teller. Over a Frosty and fries, she confirmed what both of us had already suspected: She was pregnant. We were eighteen. A few months earlier, I had dropped out of high school and, though it sounds like a bad literary cliché or a line from a Jim Croce tune, I was earning minimum wage working at a car wash.

At the time, the ink from Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun's pen was only two years dry on Roe v. Wade. The highest court in the land had ruled that people like us had a right to "terminate the pregnancy,"...

 
This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #8, Spring 2009 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo8/tired-of-life

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