I am a writer because I have strong opinions. Those opinions on women’s rights come from my grandmother, who was raped, and my mother, who was raped at gunpoint by her husband, and who was jailed when she ran away from him.

My mother told me as a child and a grownup, that no one should ever tell me whether I should have a baby. How could I be any other kind of writer, any other kind of person?

~ Author Amy Tan of The Joy Luck Club fame, defending her criticism of Republican candidates via her Facebook page, as quoted by The Abortion Monologues, June 19

She goes on to explain the family’s history of rape, abortion, and suicide in the comments section.

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