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What I learned after meeting the ‘Nun of the Devil’ in the white heat of the abortion rights battle

Linda Freund


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Sister Teresa Forcades has caused controversy with her opposition to the church’s stance on abortions. Photo: Getty

Sister Teresa Forcades has caused controversy with her opposition to the church’s stance on abortions. Photo: Getty

Sister Teresa Forcades has caused controversy with her opposition to the church’s stance on abortions. Photo: Getty

It’s time to reimagine the debate around abortion. We’re trapped in the tyranny of a binary choice: one side sees baby murderers; the other patriarchal dictators who want to control women’s bodies. This diametrically opposed pro-life/pro-choice discourse is a closed loop.

I’m a millennial raised in San Francisco. “Pro-choice” and “reproductive rights” might as well have been my lullabies. At 15, I darted over to my nearest Planned Parenthood health centre to get birth control pills. I wasn’t sexually active and I hadn’t even had my first period, but I pocketed them with pride – a souvenir of personal choice.


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