I have recently started a new project. I am pantsing it, so I’m not exactly sure where it will end up yet. But it will definitely deal with abortion and its (in my opinion) unjust criminalization.
This is my opening paragraph:
My mother’s grandmother was many things that I am not: a free woman, a king’s daughter, and a priestess taught the secrets that can bring a child safely or purge the body of an unwilling mother before the babe is born. I have never met another member of my family, have never visited the kingdom of my ancestors, and know nothing of my mother or my grandmother or my mother’s grandmother except for stories.
The stories, it seems, are enough to condemn me. Though I have none of the healing arts, have never picked pennyroyal or distilled wormwood, they say that my mistress had a child that died in her womb. They say that I killed it.
I am concerned about offending people. Or that when I post it people will have angry reactions. I’m unapologetically pro-choice, and that will come across in the story. I just don’t want to have a lot of angry reactions from people who disagree. Do you think it’s a valid concern?