Discussion: to what extent taboos like abortion exist today

Your exam question asks you to discuss to what extent taboos like abortion still exist today, using the short story “Hope” by Jonathan Santlofer. You must use at least two of the following phrases: yet, on the other hand, in addition, since, secondly, as a result, if not, at last.

The short story “Hope” deals with the sensitive topic of abortion, during a time when abortions were illegal in the United States of America. As a result, Hope’s experience with abortion is traumatic, and it will eventually lead to an unhappy relationship between her and Artie. As the story shows, making abortion illegal or taboo does not stop women from having abortions. Instead, it pushes them into unauthorized procedures often performed by unqualified and unregulated individu...

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