The Color of Water

why does ruth get an abortion

chapter 25

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Ruth was pregnant with a child from a black boy. This was not acceptable in a Jewish household and Ruth could not have cared for her child at such a young age. Mameh, aware that Ruth was pregnant, sent her to New York to stay with her well-to-do family. Ruth told her aunt about the pregnancy, and Aunt Betsy located a Jewish doctor who agreed to perform the abortion (without anesthesia).