Let’s Talk About My Abortion (and Yours)
By Cindi Leive
Ms. Leive is a former editor in chief of Glamour and Self.
June 30, 2018
Several months ago, I appeared on a morning TV show alongside Cecile Richards, then the president of Planned Parenthood. Our topic had been women’s activism, and we’d both spoken in equal amounts. But when I checked Twitter later, the violent insults were flying only at Ms. Richards, with commenters calling her a “baby butcher” and “this puke bitch” for her support of abortion rights. None took aim at me — and as I read the stream, I felt more cowardly than I can ever remember, as if I were crouched in a foxhole while Ms. Richards took fire for the rest of us.
Why was I letting her take the heat? After all, I’d had an abortion myself.