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 way of the robust feelings the topic excites. Eva Pattis Zoja examines the techniques that encompass a woman's selection to finish a being pregnant, and provides the difficult thesis that voluntary abortion can usually be a violent and subconscious act of self-realisation. Treating a topic that's imperative to our life, the writer makes no try and argue for or opposed to, or to disclaim the painful nature of the topic which she tackles, yet as a substitute seems on the manner within which a choice to abort can impact a woman's internal lifestyles.

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But such a thoroughly inflated image of oneself as a never depletable fountain of life, as a goddess of creation, can only be held in place for as long as one is able to produce to more children; and when further production ceases to be possible, the image implodes, reverses itself and begins to wreak revenge: revenge on the woman herself no less than on her children, for whom there is insufficient space, both materially and spiritually. A colleague told me about a woman who always fell into profound depression when her children had to be weaned.

A comparison 17 aside the slogans of the various groups, we discover that these two opposing points of view in fact coexist in the minds of most people, and that the individual often embarks on arduous attempts to reach some sort of compromise. Many people feel that abortion should be permitted, even while insisting that they themselves would never take such a step. Absolute allegiance to either of the two extreme positions—‘abortion never, in no case at all’ and ‘absolute freedom to abort, as often as one desires’—is in reality quite rare.

After careful presentation to the four cardinal directions, the loaf of bread was cut and eaten. Only the girl was allowed to eat none of it. Her hair was once again combed and her face painted with clay, and in turn she painted the faces of the other women. The painting songs were sung, and the girl’s body was massaged and ritually ‘moulded’ for a last time. Later, when all had departed, she took a piece of the loaf of bread and placed it in the hole. This piece belonged to the earth. Such a ritual must have made a powerful contribution to the strengthening of a girl’s identity.

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