Coroner Fred

Excerpt from The Worst of Times, Chapter “Coroner Fred,” by Patricia G. Miller, HarperCollins Books, 1993. In the coroner’s office, “the dead women we saw had either bled to death or they had died from overwhelming infections. Some had tears along the vaginal tract where…

Mr Jones

From an article by Stephanie Brown, In These Times, July 19-August 1, 1989. “Just take off your panties an’ lie down, darlin’,” “Mrs. Jones,” my “obstetrician,” told me. I did it. She went into the other room and came back with a long, red tube.…

No Child Left Informed

By Concetta Erica Agro "Eighty percent (80%) of the abstinence- only curricula…contain false, misleading or distorted information about reproductive health." "... Eleven of the thirteen curricula most commonly used by (federal) programs contain major errors and distortions of public health information." Those were some of…

Helen’s story

When I was a teenager in about 1940, I baby-sat the two children of a lovely young divorced woman named Helen. She had few employable skills, an exhausting, poorly paid job and her ex-husband only occasionally made child-support payments. Suddenly she died… The children came…