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By Eva Pattis Zoja

The controversy on abortion has tended to prevent the mental value of an undesirable being pregnant, ruled istead by means of the robust feelings the topic excites. Eva Pattis Zoja examines the recommendations that encompass a woman's selection to finish a being pregnant, and offers the hard thesis that voluntary abortion can usually be a violent and subconscious act of self-realisation. Treating a topic that's relevant to our life, the writer makes no try to argue for or opposed to, or to disclaim the painful nature of the topic which she tackles, yet as a substitute appears on the manner during which a call to abort can impact a woman's internal lifestyles.

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Such spontaneous miscarriages are sometimes followed by the achievement of a greater level of awareness on the part of the two partners, allowing each of them to come to terms with doubts and ambivalent feelings. When seeking the causes of a voluntary abortion, we often go no further than pathological labels: a woman finds herself with an unplanned pregnancy and then aborts because she is more neurotic than others. To ask whether an abortion can also serve unconscious purposes is to enter a new dimension.

But it is only for a very short while that we can behave in such a way, like little children—that we can delegate so many responsibilities to others. The regressions brought about by pregnancy and motherhood also play a role at the biological level: the maintenance of a state of symbiosis with the nursing child demands a certain abaissement du niveau mental. But being a mother—at one and the same time, or shortly afterwards—also demands self-consciousness, starting at least from the moment when the regressed mother sees that she is still overweight, that her sex life has disappeared, that her child’s behaviour is ever less similar to what she expected, and that she feels taken in.

The question is larger and more complex than that: the unconscious need does not have to be concerned with a child, and might instead be a question of a search for a situation of extreme conflict—and not necessarily as a source of suffering. We often search out the most difficult challenges, since without overcoming them we do not yet feel ourselves to have become adults. Such a pattern of behaviour may strike us as paradoxical or perverse, but it also belongs to the normal course of life. From a rational point of view, initiations into adulthood are usually quite wasteful—it is enough to remember such traditionally masculine initiations as going off to war—but that hardly decreases their symbolic charge: crossing such a threshold gives us the feeling of having reached completion and adulthood.

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