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My Mother's Adoption: A Tale of Two Texans


The New York Times recently published an opinion piece by Beth Matusoff Merfish, entitled “My Mother’s Abortion.” I sure could relate to the story Merfish told – there are a lot of similarities between our mothers. They were both college girls in Texas when they got pregnant in the pre-Roe v. Wade years. Neither was ready to be a mom then, though they are both now celebrating 40+ years of marriage and motherhood. They both later recounted their cautionary tales to shocked adolescent daughters as a warning about what not to do with the newfound freedom of high school (me) or college (Merfish). That’s where the similarities end. Both women passed on their core values to those daughters, values which were on full display in the absolute opposite way they responded to their youthful crisis pregnancies.
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