A Friend Comes Out, In a Manner of Speaking

A few months ago, in the wake of Todd Akin’s disgusting statements, I published an essay written by a friend about rape, abortion and difficult choices. Her name was not revealed, at her request, but I thought the message was important and needed to be put out there. She has now decided to go public with more of her story, and with her name attached to it.

This whole thing may seem odd, but there’s a reason for her to “come out” about it now. But let me just say this: Sophie is really an extraordinary person. I’ve known her for more than a decade and her story is both incredible and inspiring. She works tirelessly as an activist, educator and counselor to so many people and in so many ways. She is that rare person who has both extraordinary intellect and extraordinary empathy and understanding. And she’s taking a pretty scary step here, one that takes some courage. I applaud her for it.

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  • fastlane

    Some courage? Practicing your understatement, Ed? Well done to Sophie.

  • didgen

    Very brave.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SophieHirschfeld Sophie Hirschfeld

    Thank you for your kindness. :)