Today I Learned I Ended a Human Life*

I missed my period. I was twenty years old and just about to finish my freshman year of college. Telling my mother was easy. I almost enjoyed seeing her reaction to my experiences, and I knew she wouldn’t tell my father; she didn’t want any more chaos in the house than there already was.

My mother and I drove the few blocks to see Dr. Edward Ablon, a well-respected Beverly Hills doctor and family…