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By Eva Pattis Zoja

The controversy on abortion has tended to prevent the mental value of an undesirable being pregnant, ruled istead via the powerful feelings the topic excites. Eva Pattis Zoja examines the ideas that encompass a woman's choice to finish a being pregnant, and provides the difficult thesis that voluntary abortion can usually be a violent and subconscious act of self-realisation. Treating a topic that is principal to our life, the writer makes no try and argue for or opposed to, or to disclaim the painful nature of the topic which she tackles, yet in its place seems on the method during which a choice to abort can impact a woman's internal existence.

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This contributes to the unconscious fascination of the union, which is generative at both these levels, and which reaffirms and sums itself up in the thought that ‘in any case, nothing wrong can come of it’. ’ It’s not easy to imagine sexuality without this irrational component; it would no longer count as the great font of regeneration. Contraception, on the other hand, is rational and technical, and definitely not erotic. So it is not hard to understand why it often takes place after sex, rather than before—in extreme cases with abortion.

If abortion has goals in addition to causes, the irrational behaviour of many women with respect to birth control can be seen not only as an error, but also as something of the order of a lapsus or unconscious slip, or an error unconsciously ‘desired’. If we do not want once again to restrict ourselves to the problem’s pathological aspects, we cannot remain satisfied with interpreting this error in terms such as self-deception, masochism, depression, aggressivity with respect to the partner or the parents, or identification with a negative mother complex: we have to discover the ways in which it springs from a goal concerned with the future.

Biological fecundation and renewal by means of a pregnancy and a child cease to be necessary, since psychic and symbolic renewal have already taken place. Instinct, which aimed for biological fecundation, has found expression and satisfaction in the psyche; the encounter itself has been fecund, body and soul are aware of it as a part of their rapture. To put it as simply as possible, an intense and stable sexual life can create the unconscious conditions for a correct use of birth control. A dissatisfying sexual life that brings no psychic life with it is likely instead to produce a need for tangible, biological fecundation, for pregnancy, for a child: and not, unfortunately, as a result of having evolved towards a readiness for new responsibilities.

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