In “Congratulations” Theresia Enzensberger, Monika Helfer, Lena Gorelik and many more tell stories about abortion, sometimes even with a happy ending.
How can it be that a abortion is an abortion, but also a toilet? This strange coincidence worries Hanna. What do they have in common that the same terms are used for them? Is it about shame, about things you do in secret? Hanna doesn’t tell her boyfriend later about her own “abortion”, she is too “wordless” and also to some extent to blame for the misery, because “birth control meant for her to lock herself in the bedroom when Karl came home drunk”https:/ /www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/.”Lebenslauf” is the name of the text by Annett Gröscher, a sober report about women, daughters and children in post-war Germany, the GDR, the turning point and how an abortion was possible for them, or rather not. It is a text from the anthology “Congratulations. 15 stories about abortion”.