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Impossible motherhood : testimony of an abortion addict

Author: Irene Vilar
Publisher: New York : Other Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Irene Vilar was just a pliant young college undergraduate in thrall to her professor when they embarked on a relationship that led to marriage-a union of impossible odds-and fifteen abortions in fifteen years. Vilar knows that she is destined to be misunderstood, that many will see her nightmare as an instance of abusing a right, of using abortion as a means of birth control. But it isn't that. The real story is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
Named Person: Irene Vilar; Irene Vilar
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Irene Vilar
ISBN: 9781590513200 1590513207 9781590513637 1590513630
OCLC Number: 297147156
Description: xvii, 222 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Irene Vilar ; foreword by Robin Morgan.

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Irene Vilar was just a pliant young college undergraduate in thrall to her professor when they embarked on a relationship that led to marriage-a union of impossible odds-and fifteen abortions in fifteen years. Vilar knows that she is destined to be misunderstood, that many will see her nightmare as an instance of abusing a right, of using abortion as a means of birth control. But it isn't that. The real story is part of an awful secret, shrouded in shame, colonialism, self-mutilation, and a family legacy that features a heroic grandmother, a suicidal mother, and two heroin-addicted brothers. It is a story that looks back on her traumatic childhood growing up in the shadow of her mother's death and the footsteps of her famed grandmother, the political activist Lolita Lebrón, and a history that touches on American exploitation and reproductive repression in Puerto Rico. Vilar seamlessly weaves together past, present, and future, channeling a narrative that is at once dramatic and subtle. Impossible Motherhood is a heartrending and ultimately triumphant testimonial told by a writer looking back on her history of addiction. Abortion has never offered any honest person easy answers. Vilar's dark journey through self-inflicted wounds, compulsive patterns, and historical hauntings is a powerful story of loss and mourning that bravely delves into selfhood, national identity, reproductive freedom, family responsibility, and finally motherhood itself-today, Vilar is the mother of two beautiful children.

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