lisa selin davisby Carder

“What are you doing?”

“Don’t kill the baby.” He wouldn’t move the car, though horns blared all around us.

“Keep driving! I have an appointment!” I shook his headrest. This was not part of the script.

“Please don’t kill the baby,” he said again, turning around to face me. He had beautiful big brown eyes — almost black. “I will take care of you and the baby. I work two jobs.”

“Drive,” I told him.

“You are going by yourself?” he asked.

I said, “Drive.”

He drove. The camera wasn’t on. I didn’t have any of it on tape.

~ Writer Lisa Selin Davis (pictured with her daughters), describing her experience with a New York taxi cab driver who begged her not to “kill the baby” on her way to her scheduled abortion appointment, New York Times Opinionator, July 2

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