Why I Supported My Friend Through Her Abortion

And how I feel about my decision thirty years later

Christy Heitger-Ewing
The Salve
Published in
7 min readNov 4, 2019

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I was sitting in the high school library, completely engrossed in my biology textbook, when I felt a hand on my shoulder. I glanced up and saw my friend Karen* wearing a pained expression. It was a mixture of shock, horror, and pure panic. She gripped my shoulder as if she was trying to steady…

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Christy Heitger-Ewing
The Salve

Christy is an award-winning writer who has written more than 1,000 human interest stories for national, regional, & local magazines.