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HUFFPOST PERSONAL My 11-Year-Old Patient Was Pregnant. Here's What I Want You To Know About Being 'Pro-Life.' "Our medical assistant came to me, panicked, and handed me a positive test. ... 'Run it again,' I sputtered — to buy some time and gather my wits and hope by some miracle it would produce a different result." By  Dipti S. Barot, Guest Writer May. 3, 2022, 08:40 AM EDT CATHERINE MCQUEEN VIA GETTY IMAGES One morning this past December, I woke up early to listen to judges with lifetime appointments question lawyers in a process that may ultimately rob people of their reproductive freedom. And week after week since then, I continue to hear judges and lawyers and politicians speak on issues they have no business speaking on ― as far away from people and their real lives as voices from another planet. During these moments, I think of a little girl in an exam room I met many years ago. She was … [Read more...]

Introducing Patti Hawn, author of Good Girls Don’t

A few weeks ago two friends told me about Patti Hawn and suggested I meet her. After all, she lives in my hometown, she's written a memoir, and she's about my age. Without missing a beat, I sent her a private message on Facebook and suggested we get together. And she accepted and named one of my favorite restaurants where we could grab lunch  - I liked her already. We met for lunch a few days later (a blind date, so to speak), and we talked for an hour and a half without stopping. We also exchanged memoirs. Thus a beautiful new friendship was born. I read Patti's memoir, Good Girls Don't, almost immediately and was taken by how detailed and intimate it is (I've shared my review at the end of this post). So I asked her if she'd write a guest post for Choices about how she wrote her deeply personal memoir with such clarity.   Here's Patti: The Gift of Memories By Patti Hawn I wrote my book Good Girls Don't shortly after reuniting with the son I surrendered to … [Read more...]