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Dec 16, 2020
Claudia Cragg @claudiacragg speaks here with Christa Parravani @cparravani about her harrowing account, Loved and Wanted, the story of one woman's reckoning with life, death and "choice". It is, she says, a memoir of 'Choice, Children and Womanhood.'
In 2017 Christa
Parravani had recently moved her family from California to West
Virginia and was surviving on a teacher's salary and raising two
young children with her husband, screenwriter Anthony Swofford.
Another pregnancy, a year after giving birth to her second child, came as a shock. Christa had a history of ectopic pregnancies, and worried that she wouldn't be able to find adequate medical care. She immediately requested a termination, but her doctor refused to help. The only doctor who would perform an abortion made it clear that this would be illicit, not condoned by her colleagues or their community.
Christa Parravani has crafted, through her own harrowing experiences with healthcare in contemporary America, a brilliant and moving exploration of the choices women have.